Tell the Minister for Health to save A&E Trauma Services
We need to act now. Nine A&E Trauma units are at risk of being axed by Minister Simon Harris, due to a government sponsored report which was recently leaked by the Irish Examiner.  According to the report – nine trauma units could be closed – meaning that people with severe trauma would have to travel further to receive the life saving care that they need.
If they reach those hospitals in time – and that’s a big if – they will be dealing with overcrowded, creaking A&E departments – already overwhelmed by closures elsewhere.  The hospitals on the closure hit list include important regional centres such as Portumna, Cavan, Naas, Wexford, Mullingar and Kilkenny.  People already have to travel long distances just to reach them – andnow that time could be doubled or even tripled.
But, we still have time to stop this. The report hasn’t yet landed on Simon Harris’s desk  – so we need to make sure that he hears from us first. In such turbulent political times, the Minister will be afraid to come up against people power. If we act now, we can show him just what he’ll come up against if he tries to remove these vital services.
For Minister Harris and the ‘experts’ on this steering group, this is just another numbers game. But for those who work on the ground, and the communities that rely on the services – this is a dangerous situation. Having services that are easily accessible is the difference between life or death for someone with little time to reach the care they need.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives association have come out very strongly against this move  – they know the what happens when services are closed in one place and the extra strain is placed somewhere else. While consultants, ministers and experts get shielded from the results of their decisions, our nurses and doctors, and those they treat – have to live with the reality.
NOTES http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/plans-to-cut-hospital-trauma-services-at-nine-aes-across-ireland-409547.html  http://www.imt.ie/features-opinion/2016/06/ed-task-force-to-weigh-up-new-funding.html  The full list of hospitals on the hit List are – Cavan General Hospital, Naas Hospital, Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, the Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar, St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny, Wexford General Hospital, South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel, the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise and the Mercy University Hospital in Cork.  http://www.rte.ie/news/2016/0711/801596-hospital-trauma/  https://www.inmo.ie/Home/Index/217/12741