Why our hospitals simply aren't working
For that alone he has my respect.“…patients are regarded as a nuisance … they get in the way of running the place.”
Niall Hunter, editor. IrishHealth.com
11/03/09 Interview with Michael O keeffe, respected consultant Mater & in Temple Street.
Formerly a senior figure in the Irish Hospital Consultants Association.
… change needs to start at the top.
He asks all the questions we are sick of asking:“Hospital chief executives do not know what is happening on the ground; they do not visit any clinics. They never come to see what the problems are.”
… 20% of nurses are now on administrative duty, walking around with clipboards and they do not see patients.”
… consultants who are doing the same; going off and doing other things, getting grants to do research and becoming professors. … not doing what they were appointed to do.
…“There is no-one overseeing things.
I have taken this one up repeatedly with consultants. I ( because of our son) am at the hospital every week for the last 8 years. Oh Boy! …do I have stories….why don’t clinics start on time?
Why are they not at full capacity?
Why are the secretaries not there on time?
Why are operating lists not starting on time?
Why does everyone get an outpatient appointment at the same time?”
They do , but if YOU need to cancel/reschedule? You wait 6 months.Mr O’Keeffe says hospitals cancel patient appointments and operations far too easily.
Yes.“The first thing that happens when a problem arises is we cancel the patient’s appointment or operation. It should be the very last resort to do this.”
and … more patients will cause the Hosp. to go over budget......Mr O’Keeffe says the attitude now appears to be that public hospitals would run much better if there were no patients in them.
“By and large patients are regarded as a nuisance in the public hospital system. They get in the way of running the place.”
And I believe him. Shocking!
“The idea that co-located hospitals are going to fill the bed capacity gap is a joke, because co-located units are only going to be to be in a certain number of hospitals…Get people working properly;
get them in on time,
find out why the phone isn’t being answered,
why the desk isn’t being manned,
why the clinic isn’t running on time,
why the doctor is not there.
“They should say to doctors that they are there to treat patients. Nurses … you are there to nurse.
Mr O’Keeffe claims Fianna Fail in Government never really bought into the co-location idea but “it was a great excuse for them not to find the extra capacity”.
“So they went along with Mary Harney, whose motives were very much towards privatisation. She decided she couldn’t take on all the vested interests so she decided to bypass all that but it has backfired. There is no money to build the co-located hospitals now anyway.”
…He says the NTPF would not exist if public hospitals were running efficiently.
“In many cases it is only when the patient is leaving that the hospital realises they are private so they go chasing after them with an insurance form. A lot of public hospitals are relying on their private income to survive nowadays.”
It’s a joke. Lets face it, you sleep you on a trolley and bill you for five star.€€€€€€€€€€€€€€!
I hope someone listens.
Full article below.
our hospitals simply aren't working