The Save Navan Hospital Campaign Chair and Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín has received information from the National Incident Management System which shows that that there has been a massive increase in the number of Adverse Incidents in Irish hospitals over the last 3 years.
Tóibín told Meath Live,
“In the 5 years from 2017 to 2021 the number of adverse incidents jumped from 79,000 to 105,000. That’s a 32% increase in the number of people who have suffered from mistakes in clinical care and exposure to physical, biological and behavioural hazards”.
“Each one of the 105,000 people has suffered as a result of the wrong actions by the HSE. Some will have been misdiagnosed, mistreated or given the wrong medication. Some people will have lost their lives. Some will have been disabled or made very sick by the HSE. Many will have had increased morbidity as a result of these actions. The figures are shocking and show a shocking misgovernance of the HSE. Many of these will become claims and court cases with large pay outs”.
“For years, Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and now the Greens have sought to infer safety concerns at our Lady’s Hospital as a reason for their plan to close out A&E. They have done this without any real evidence or comparative analysis with the outcome for patients at other hospitals. The response of the Save Navan Hospital Campaign and the thousands who marched with us has been to seek investment to improve the A&E services”.
“I decided to undertake my own comparative analysis of adverse incidents in the hospitals in the region. However the FF Minister for Health refused to give the information stating that it would create a league table of hospitals in the country. He did give however details on the numbers of adverse incidents in each of the hospital groups. The figures are startling. The Ireland East Group of which Navan is a constituent hospital saw a 30% jump in adverse incidents in the last 5 years. However the RCSI group saw a 74% jump in the number of adverse incidents. The Minister for Health wants to close down our A&E and push tens of thousands of patients towards RCSI hospitals that have seen the highest increase in the number of adverse incidents in the country. This is shocking and wrong”.
“The Minister has been talking about a meeting of Meath TDs since last October when we brought thousands onto the streets to defend our hospital. Its never happened. Give the shocking evidence the Minister needs to end his plan to close our A&E, start investing in the necessary consultant care and start managing the hospitals properly”