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Wednesday, 11th April 2018

O’Dowd’s concerns about urology services at Lourdes Hospital

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Deputy Fergus O'Dowd.

Deputy Fergus O’Dowd has expressed concern after figures he has obtained show a decrease in Consultant Urology hours in the Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda since 2016. 

O’Dowd has also said the hospital has a worrying number of elective and emergency cancellations in comparison to other acute hospitals in the group. 

In figures received following a parliamentary question outlining Urology Services in the RCSI hospital group, the Lourdes hospital showed a concerning decrease in the number of hours provided under urology consultant contracts from 82 in 2016 to just 55 in 2017 and 2018 to date. 

But even more worrying to O’Dowd is the fact that 89 cancellations have taken place in 2016 and 2017 compared to just 29 in Connolly hospital over the same two year period. 

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O’Dowd said: “The cancellation rate in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital was approximately 9.9% in 2016 and 2017 compared to approximately 0.75% in Beaumont and 0.3% in Connolly over the same time period.”

"That figure has reduced to 4.5% in the Lourdes for the first quarter of 2018 which is some positive news, but the high levels of cancellations over 2016 and '17 needs to be looked at in much more detail." 

“I will be asking the hospital and the Minister for health to look into this urgently to address the shortfall and explain the anomalies that have been outlined.” 

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