Louth hospital on watch list

DUNDALK HOSPITAL is among a number of small hospitals that have been put on a Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) ‘watchlist’.

DUNDALK HOSPITAL is among a number of small hospitals that have been put on a Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) ‘watchlist’.

It has been placed on the list following concerns that have arisen of an investigation into Mallow Hospital.

Dundalk has placed on the list along with Loughlinstown, Navan, Roscommon, Portlaoise, Ennis, Nenagh, Bantry and Mallow.

The HIQA has said that events at Mallow indicate a “fundamental and very concerning deficit in our health system, namely the ability to learn”. The HSE is not “identifying, managing and addressing clinical risks for acutely-ill patients that can be inherent in small, stand-alone hospitals”, HIQA found.

The investigation found that Mallow General Hospital did not have round-the-clock on-site clinical expertise and facilities to safely manage patients with complex clinical needs.

The Authority indicated that the HSE’s response to national recommendations in the HIQA’s 2009 Ennis report had been “slow and inconsistent”.

The HIQA indicated it would investigate what measures have been taken by the Executive to identify, assess and mitigate risks to patient safety inherent in the hospitals’ service models.