Written Answers - Hospital Services.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 665 No. 4

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  234.  Deputy Arthur Morgan  Information on Arthur Morgan  Zoom on Arthur Morgan   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   when the Health Service Executive will invest in a physiological observation and trigger system as recommended by the review team in their report into the death of persons (details supplied) at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda; when the hospital will have such a unit in place; and the reason for the delay in providing such a unit to date. [38159/08]

  235.  Deputy Arthur Morgan  Information on Arthur Morgan  Zoom on Arthur Morgan   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   when the Health Service Executive will provide adequate training and resources to ensure patient care is dictated by their needs; if it is policy to ensure such care will commence upon the recognition of patients estimated ICSI level of care; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38160/08]

  236.  Deputy Arthur Morgan  Information on Arthur Morgan  Zoom on Arthur Morgan   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   when the maternity unit at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda will review its strategy for care of critically ill women. [38161/08]

  237.  Deputy Arthur Morgan  Information on Arthur Morgan  Zoom on Arthur Morgan   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   when the lead clinician will be clearly identifiable for the care of each patient in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda; when clear instructions and observation goals and appropriate responses will be given by lead clinicians to the case midwife or nurse and medical team; when it will be incumbent on the primary consultant and their team to ensure timely follow-up of all tests; and the way this will be audited. [38162/08]

  238.  Deputy Arthur Morgan  Information on Arthur Morgan  Zoom on Arthur Morgan   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   when guidelines will be put in place as policy for diagnosing and managing ruptured membranes in patients at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. [38163/08]

  239.  Deputy Arthur Morgan  Information on Arthur Morgan  Zoom on Arthur Morgan   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   when it will become procedural for advice to be documented if patients are being allowed home or sent home with suspected or confirmed ruptured membranes at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. [38164/08]

  240.  Deputy Arthur Morgan  Information on Arthur Morgan  Zoom on Arthur Morgan   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   when medical and midwifery staffing levels will become commensurate with the recommendations from Safer Children 2007 at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. [38165/08]

  241.  Deputy Arthur Morgan  Information on Arthur Morgan  Zoom on Arthur Morgan   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the steps that have been taken by the Health Service Executive, since receiving the report of the review group into the death of persons (details supplied) at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, to streamline its process to ensure safe staffing levels at the hospital. [38166/08]

  242.  Deputy Arthur Morgan  Information on Arthur Morgan  Zoom on Arthur Morgan   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   when a programme of continual assessment of staffing levels, skill mix and workload will be put in place at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. [38167/08]

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  243.  Deputy Arthur Morgan  Information on Arthur Morgan  Zoom on Arthur Morgan   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   if the Health Service Executive will adopt the international surviving sepsis campaign, particularly at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. [38168/08]

  244.  Deputy Arthur Morgan  Information on Arthur Morgan  Zoom on Arthur Morgan   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the steps being taken to provide safe patient care in the anaesthesia department of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. [38169/08]

  245.  Deputy Arthur Morgan  Information on Arthur Morgan  Zoom on Arthur Morgan   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the steps that have been taken by the Health Service Executive, since receiving the report of the review group at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, to develop a consistent and professional methodology for investigating and managing serious adverse events. [38170/08]

  246.  Deputy Arthur Morgan  Information on Arthur Morgan  Zoom on Arthur Morgan   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   if there is a review underway of workload distribution in the obstetric department at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. [38171/08]

  247.  Deputy Arthur Morgan  Information on Arthur Morgan  Zoom on Arthur Morgan   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the steps that have been taken by the Health Service Executive at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, since receiving the report of the review group, to ensure protected time is given to consultants, midwives and nursing managers for administrative duties at the hospital. [38172/08]

  248.  Deputy Arthur Morgan  Information on Arthur Morgan  Zoom on Arthur Morgan   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   if the Health Service Executive will recruit and put in place administrative and clerical support for clinicians in management roles at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. [38173/08]

  249.  Deputy Arthur Morgan  Information on Arthur Morgan  Zoom on Arthur Morgan   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the steps that have been taken at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, since receiving the report of the review group, to ensure the assistance of a clinical haematologist is sought at an early stage when dealing with coagulopathies at the hospital. [38174/08]

  250.  Deputy Arthur Morgan  Information on Arthur Morgan  Zoom on Arthur Morgan   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   if the ward round is recognised by the Health Service Executive as the primary mechanism for direct multi-disciplinary communication; and when a midwife will become involved in the ward round at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. [38175/08]

  251.  Deputy Arthur Morgan  Information on Arthur Morgan  Zoom on Arthur Morgan   asked the Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   if she or officials in her Department were presented with the report into the death of persons (details supplied) at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda; and if so, the date in each case when they were presented. [38176/08]

Minister for Health and Children (Deputy Mary Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I propose to take Questions Nos. 234 to 251, inclusive, together.

The Deputy’s questions appear to relate to a review carried out by the Health Service Executive (HSE) into the circumstances pertaining to the deaths of persons at our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda and the resulting recommendations of the relevant Review Group. Neither I nor officials in my Department have received a copy of the full report. However, an executive summary of the Report and recommendations was published by the HSE on its website. I wish to again extend my sympathy to the family of the deceased on their sad loss.

[954]My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the specific issues relating to the recommendations of the Review investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.


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