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Movement or stirrings? Is there someone up in Dublin who reads my pieces here on emyvale.net? I have written many times about what is needed to improve our health services and what Government needs to invest in so that it will make a lasting change rather than a once off stop-gap. I have urged Government and HSE to get more nurses on the ground. I have urged them to hire more doctors and consultants. I have urged them to make better use of existing facilities. Now I am beginning to think that something is stirring and we may get positive movement at long last. Within recent weeks I see that there will be a few millions put aside to hire more consultants. There are 500 vacancies at the moment but, because of the increased demand on services, we would really need 1,500 extra consultants to meet that demand. The media has told us how much some existing nurses have earned doing overtime. We cannot blame the nurses for doing all those extra hours as, without it, patients would have a much poorer service. As it is, existing nurses in the service are miracles as how they continue to treat and attend to patients with such loving care and attention in the circumstances is unbelievable. Nurses in their hundreds have emigrated to work in better conditions elsewhere. Many have retired early because of the stress and exhaustion suffered because of lack of staff. Many have given up as too much is expected from them and the fear of making mistakes in the stressful and overloaded units is unbearable. Some have resigned from the HSE service and are now employable through an agency, which is costing the HSE half as much again. In other words money is not being used to get the best value. Pay existing nurses an acceptable wage, hire more nurses, make life at work more acceptable and remove some of the stress at least and our health services will show an improvement. The extra cost of this will be minimal as there will be no overtime and fewer agency staff needed. If more money is needed then reduce the pay and expenses enjoyed by TDs and Senators to make up the difference. Now is the time for Leo and Simon to do something positive instead of talking about it and putting the blame on others. The new head of HSE, Paul Reid, and his operations manager, Anne O’Connor, with a competent staff I believe, from what I hear, if given the resources, they can turn our Health Services around and make it one where staff are proud to work and where patient needs come first. We don’t need more hospitals or buildings but services using all resources and more manpower. When the cost of the Childrens Hospital went from €670 million to €2billion there was no problem in getting the extra funding. We now have to get 800,000 patients seen, diagnosed and treated, if necessary; we have 160,000 children who need urgent treatment; we have patients of all ages lying on trolleys on corridors and make-shift wards; we have GP list full yet more free GP care is being extended, and we need to make life more acceptable to the GP’s. Let’s hope a good start is being made.
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Movement or stirrings? Is there someone up in Dublin who reads my pieces here on emyvale.net? I have written many times about what is needed to improve our health services and what Government needs to invest in so that it will make a lasting change rather than a once off stop-gap. I have urged Government and HSE to get more nurses on the ground. I have urged them to hire more doctors and consultants. I have urged them to make better use of existing facilities. Now I am beginning to think that something is stirring and we may get positive movement at long last. Within recent weeks I see that there will be a few millions put aside to hire more consultants. There are 500 vacancies at the moment but, because of the increased demand on services, we would really need 1,500 extra consultants to meet that demand. The media has told us how much some existing nurses have earned doing overtime. We cannot blame the nurses for doing all those extra hours as, without it, patients would have a much poorer service. As it is, existing nurses in the service are miracles as how they continue to treat and attend to patients with such loving care and attention in the circumstances is unbelievable. Nurses in their hundreds have emigrated to work in better conditions elsewhere. Many have retired early because of the stress and exhaustion suffered because of lack of staff. Many have given up as too much is expected from them and the fear of making mistakes in the stressful and overloaded units is unbearable. Some have resigned from the HSE service and are now employable through an agency, which is costing the HSE half as much again. In other words money is not being used to get the best value. Pay existing nurses an acceptable wage, hire more nurses, make life at work more acceptable and remove some of the stress at least and our health services will show an improvement. The extra cost of this will be minimal as there will be no overtime and fewer agency staff needed. If more money is needed then reduce the pay and expenses enjoyed by TDs and Senators to make up the difference. Now is the time for Leo and Simon to do something positive instead of talking about it and putting the blame on others. The new head of HSE, Paul Reid, and his operations manager, Anne O’Connor, with a competent staff I believe, from what I hear, if given the resources, they can turn our Health Services around and make it one where staff are proud to work and where patient needs come first. We don’t need more hospitals or buildings but services using all resources and more manpower. When the cost of the Childrens Hospital went from €670 million to €2billion there was no problem in getting the extra funding. We now have to get 800,000 patients seen, diagnosed and treated, if necessary; we have 160,000 children who need urgent treatment; we have patients of all ages lying on trolleys on corridors and make-shift wards; we have GP list full yet more free GP care is being extended, and we need to make life more acceptable to the GP’s. Let’s hope a good start is being made.