Fine Gael TD for Mayo Alan Dillon says the agreement between the government and private hospitals is having a negative impact on the quality of care received by some patients.
Deputy Dillon said “families who have paid private health insurance all their lives should rightly be annoyed and upset with the lack of care they are receiving as a result of the state’s takeover of private hospitals.
Deputy Dillon highlighted an issue brought to his attention of a well know Castlebar man, where his consultant is refusing to fulfil urgent spinal surgery until contractual arrangement are in place”.
Deputy Dillon said; “Last week, I was contacted by the wife of this Castlebar individual who was referred to the Mater Hospital in Dublin with spinal complications causing extensive discomfort and pain. After four nights in the Mater he was informed by hospital staff that his Consultant could not perform his urgent surgery due to him being a ‘private consultant’.”
“He was told that his case for urgent surgery was not required (or not deemed an emergency) after further diagnostic tests, all while been administered high dosages of morphine to control pain management.”
“To the amazement of the family he was later discharged that evening from the Mater back to Mayo University Hospital. It’s crazy to see what this family are dealing with in the middle of a pandemic and how stressful this situation has been for them all to see their loved ones quality of life been severely impacted.”
“Under normal circumstances this surgery would have been scheduled without question or without any delay in a private setting or public hospital.”
Deputy Dillon concluded “there is a real urgency to resolve the current impasse between private and public consultant contracts, I have asked the Minister to liaise swiftly with the Consultants group, his own Department of Health and the HSE to ensure all proposed measures protect all patients and their access to quality care”.