24-hour Emergency Dept protected at Connolly Hospital – Minister Varadkar
Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport and Dublin 15 TD Leo Varadkar has confirmed that the Emergency Department in Connolly Hospital will remain open around the clock, as part of the HSE Service Plan for 2012.
The Minister was speaking following a meeting with HSE Regional Director of Operations Stephen Mulvany, regarding the Dublin North East Service Plan for 2012, which he attended with Minister Joan Burton.
Minister Varadkar said the A&E unit will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and that the long-term care units located on the grounds of the hospital will also remain open.
Regrettably, due to budget cutbacks, and because the hospital entered 2012 with a deficit of around 6%, it will be necessary to close some beds at various times during the year, as occurred in 2011.
A number of other services and facilities at Connolly will also be protected in the year ahead. The long-stay units will remain open, and the number of mental health beds will be unaffected by budget restrictions. Mental health services will be enhanced through the provision of additional psychology teams.
As announced before Christmas, €1.5 million has been set aside to purchase an MRI scanner, subject to other efficiencies being made by the hospital.