The Irish Hospital Consultants Association has expressed alarm at the Government’s response to a number of consultants who have been raising their concerns about existing resource deficits in Waterford University Hospital.
The IHCA, which represents over 90 per cent of consultants working in hospitals, stated that consultants have an ethical and professional responsibility to highlight concerns that affect patient care and service delivery.
Consultant Pathologists in Waterford have repeatedly underscored their concerns to management about the Waterford University Hospital mortuary facilities.
Dr Donal O’Hanlon, IHCA President, said that the association is fully behind the consultant pathologists who, in October 2018, wrote to the South/South West Hospital Group CEO in relation to the urgent need to address the inadequate facilities.
“The response in recent days from health service management and the Government is disappointing as it has not focused on the risks and concerns highlighted by the Consultant Pathologists. It is clear that the Consultants have, in the public interest, highlighted genuine issues and risks associated with the insufficiency of mortuary facilities.
“We need a culture change that encourages Consultants and our hospital colleagues to disclose their concerns about health service delivery risks. Otherwise the quality and safety of patient care is at risk and the fundamental consultant role as patient advocate will be undermined. Patient safety and quality of care must be central for staff and management alike,” concluded Dr O’Hanlon.