Average Performance 'Tops' National Hospital League

Statistics released this week by the Health Service Executive (HSE) in relation to individual hospital performance are being described as a "damning indictment" of a Galway facility - but it is not alone in facing criticism.

Pressure group 'Save Our Cancer Services Sligo' spokesperson Killian McLoughlin who was responding to information published by the HSE which shows that University College Hospital Galway received the lowest rating when it comes to access to services.

He was quoting from the Health Service Executive figures based on information on how hospitals perform under the three categories of access, integration and resources.

Hospitals were then graded by green, amber and red, with even the best ones only being graded as amber.

Letterkenny General Hospital received an amber marking across the board while Sligo General received amber in relation to access, green for integration while the hospital fares worst in relation to its resources.

Breast cancer-care services are due to be transferred from Sligo to Galway by early summer.

Mr McLoughlin said he believes that patients are being sent from one of the best hospitals in the country to one of the worst.

However, Mayo General Hospital was actually the worst-performing hospital according to the HSE's league table.

The official 'HealthStat' programme examined how teaching, regional and general hospitals performed against national and international targets in delivering services to patients.

Four of the 29 hospitals surveyed were ranked as "unsatisfactory and requiring urgent attention".

Mayo General Hospital finished bottom of the table with the HSE saying it requires urgent attention in the three categories surveyed - patient access, integration and resources.

Cork University Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda and University College Hospital Galway also received an overall rating of red meaning they performed unsatisfactorily.

The other 25 hospitals were given an amber rating or "average performance with room for improvement", while none of the hospitals surveyed received a green rating or "very good performance".

St Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin, Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar and Mallow General Hospital were considered the best performing hospitals - but only with a ranking of "average performance".


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