Labour T.D. for Dublin West, Deputy Joan Burton, said today that the decision by the Department of Health to fine Blanchardstown Hospital up to €1 million, because of an “inappropriate casemix”, was another blow to the hospital.
The hospital still has a €106 million new building sitting idle, largely unopened and unused. This new building includes a state of the art Accident & Emergency Unit.
Deputy Burton said that staff remain stuck in the old prefabs, while the new facilities remain locked next door. It is extraordinary that the hospital should be penalised for inefficiency, when the major inefficiency for the hospital is the old buildings it has to work with.
She said that, once again, the failure to give Blanchardstown a fair allocation was a damning indictment of the current Minister for Health and his deputy, the Junior Minister for Health, Brian Lenihan, who is also a T.D. for Dublin West. Deputy Burton said that the hardworking staff and doctors at Blanchardstown Hospital would be extremely distressed at this latest blow to the hospital by the Department of Health.