IPA Responses to Headline News

The Irish Patients' Association (IPA) continually advocate for patients and their families. We are regularly requested by national media to respond to findings regarding the healthcare system and related matters. Click on each item to read the full articles.

Headline: Pressure on to reduce hospital waiting lists 'no matter what the cost'

Wednesday 9 November 2022

IPA Response in Article:

"The Minister [for Health] had set a target during the year in the in June that the 75,000 people who are waiting for inpatient operations, such as hips, would be halved by the year end. Now unfortunately that hasn't happened. The 300 million euro that he was setting aside for 2023 for the private sector [and they are] saying they just haven't got the capacity to use that. The Minister admitted recently that the funds of 350 million euro to tackle [this issue] this will be spent, so we do have a serious problem here."


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Headline: Claims Rural Clare Residents Being Discriminated Against With Healthcare Amid UHL Concerns

Wednesday 9 November 2022

IPA Response in Article:

"Stephen McMahon from the Irish Patients Association says facilities that are available in the region to ease the burden on UHL should be used to their maximum capability." 

Website: www.clare.fm

Headline: Patients' Association fears hospital cancellations due to overcrowding

Tuesday 8 November 2022

IPA Response in Article:

"The Irish Patients' Association is warning elective procedures may have be curtailed this winter due to severe overcrowding in Irish hospitals. Spokesperson for the Irish Patients Association, Stephen McMahon is calling for one policy in particular to be introduced. ''So what we would like to see is that if somebody is  given an appointment for surgery and operation in the future, that the surgeon and their staff actually tell the patient, that they do have an entitlement to get their treatment onto the cross border directive, so that they don't have to wait years to get that treatment.''

Headline: Some EDs dealing with three times more patients than 2021

Tuesday 8 November 2022

IPA Response in Article:

"The stark figure comes from the Irish Patients’ Association, as October saw a 26 per cent increase in patients attending EDs on the same month last year. Stephen McMahon from the Irish Patients Association says it’s having a frightening impact on staff and the level of care they can give: 


Listen to the podcast here: https://highlandradio.com/2022/11/08/some-eds-dealing-with-three-times-more-patients-than-2021/

Headline: 26% Increase In Patients In Emergency Departments Compared To Last Winter

Tuesday 8 November 2022

IPA Response in Article:

"Stephen McMahon from the IPA says it's having a frightening impact on staff and the level of care they can give: "So the impact of this is the ED is overcrowded. "Patients can be head-to-toe on trolleys with staff having difficulty moving between them. "I had one phlebotomist - a person who takes bloods - who told me at the weekend she had to help someone up from the floor."

Headline: Irish Patients' Association warns procedures maybe postponed this winter due to hospital overcrowding

Tuesday 8 November 2022

IPA Response in Article:

“What we would like to say is that if somebody is being given an appointment for surgery and operation in the future, that the surgeon and their staff actually tell the patient, that they do have an entitlements to get their treatment onto the cross border directive, so that they don’t have to wait years to get that treatment.”

Website: www.redfm.ie

Headline: Ambulance turnaround times exceed an hour at Cork and Kerry hospitals

Sunday 6 November 2022

IPA Response in Article:

"Stephen McMahon, co-founder of the patient rights and safety advocacy group the Irish Patients Association (IPA), said: “We see that some steps are being taken to improve patient flow through EDs but this revelation regarding turnaround times is yet another example of deteriorating conditions.

“The increase in emergency ambulances turnaround times nationally signals a further exposure to risk for patients in the community as ambulance capacity is reduced and its service becomes more challenged.” Mr McMahon stated that the latest figures mean the National Ambulance Service (NAS) would have to double its fleet to achieve an average 30 minute turnaround time.

“We appreciate the great work that our emergency responders do and those who work in overcrowded EDs - this deterioration is not their fault,” he added. “It has happened over a long time due in part to poor governance and accountability at all levels.”

Headline: Ambulance turnarounds two and a half times HSE target

Friday 4 November 2022

IPA Response in Article:

"Speaking to The Echo, Stephen McMahon, co-founder of the Irish Patients Association (IPA), said that, while steps are being taken to improve patient flow through emergency departments (EDs), this revelation regarding turnaround times is yet another example of deteriorating conditions. Mr McMahon added that the increase in emergency ambulance turnaround times nationally signals a further exposure to risk for patients in the community. Mr McMahon stated that the latest figures mean the National Ambulance Service (NAS) would have to more than double its fleet in the SSWHG to meet the 30-minute turnaround target. “We appreciate the great work that our emergency responders do and those who work in overcrowded EDs - this deterioration is not their fault,” he added."

Headline: INMO warns of 'dangerous understaffing' in Mater Hospital

Saturday 15 October 2022

IPA Response in Article:

"If we start having a build-up of COVID and influenza, that's a sort of double whammy on the system. We know how the system can be affected by that from our experiences with COVID. The impacts are that it's unsafe for patients and staff when you have emergency departments which are overcrowded. On top of that, you have patients who have been waiting maybe a year for an operation, which has been cancelled as the bed is needed by somebody else."

Website: www.extra.ie/

Headline: Medicines shortage at crisis point with supplies of more than 160 vital drugs dangerously low

Sunday 9 October 2022

IPA Response in Article:

"Irish Patients’ Association co-founder Stephen McMahon said the medicine shortage is ‘worrying’. He said: ‘It’s particularly so for patients with chronic illness. One thing we’re always told as patients is to take your medicine regularly, don’t skip it – and with good reason. But here are patients who  are having to do that very thing.’ Mr McMahon also pointed to price differences between branded and generic drugs as a possible cause why some facilities, particularly private facilities, might not be accessing certain drugs. ‘You could have a station where the bean counters are saying, “not those brand drugs”, [because they] are too expensive.’

Website: www.extra.ie

Headline: Almost 110,000 hospital appointments have been cancelled this year

Thursday 6 October 2022

IPA Response in Article:

"This is not a case of patients not turning up, this is the system actually saying they're cancelling those appointments"

Headline: Donnelly warns of COVID-19 'perfect storm' as cases rising 'considerably'

Wednesday 5 October 2022

IPA Response in Article:

'If we start having a build-up of COVID and influenza, that's a sort of double whammy on the system. We know how the system can be affected by that from our experiences with COVID. The impacts are that it's unsafe for patients and staff when you have emergency departments which are overcrowded. On top of that, you have patients who have been waiting maybe a year for an operation, which has been cancelled as the bed is needed by somebody else. The lesson we've got to learn is that it's vital that people get their booster shots. It's important that people still have time to take care of themselves. We know that the virus is out there, and for people who may have had boosters five, six or seven months ago, it's time to revisit that.'

Website: www.extra.ie

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