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Mayo patient outraged after travelling 230km to Dublin for surgery before being told it was cancelled

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 24/04/2020 Darragh Berry
a bus that is parked on the side of a building: The Mater Hospital, Dublin © Gareth Chaney/Collins The Mater Hospital, Dublin

A patient and his family have been left outraged after he travelled over 200km for urgent surgery in Dublin only for it to be cancelled.

The man from Mayo was referred to the Mater Hospital after suffering from spinal complications.

The problems were causing him extensive and excruciating discomfort and pain, Dublin Live reports.

He waited in the capital for a number of days before being told his procedure was cancelled and he would have to return home.

It was deemed necessary that the urgent surgery take place and he was immediately told to go straight to Dublin.

But sadly after four nights of waiting to be called in the Mater, he was informed that his consultant could not perform the complicated surgery because he was a "private consultant."

The Castlebar native was also told that his urgent operation was no longer required or deemed an emergency after further diagnostic tests - despite him still being administered high doses of morphine to ease the pain.

A spokesman representing the family told Dublin Live that the delay in agreement between the Government and Private Hospitals is having a “severely negative impact on the quality of care received by some patients”.

He said: “The dedication and commitment shown by our heroic front line staff across the country to tackle this pandemic is nothing short of outstanding.

“Patients are in dire need of urgent care and many consultants, not all, are sitting on their hands refusing to roll up their sleeves to help our nation in the hope of a better contract agreement.

“This man was referred to a Dublin hospital with spinal complications but was informed four days after waiting that his surgery couldn’t be performed because of the ‘private consultant’.

“He was told that his operation was no longer an emergency despite still being on morphine to manage the pain.

“To the amazement of the family he was later discharged that evening from Dublin back to Mayo University Hospital.”

The spokesman added: “This scenario is tragically being experienced by many patients and families across the country and the numbers are only going to increase so long as the delay in contractual agreements continues.

“An urgent agreement is needed between private and public consultant contracts, the Consultants group, Department of Health and the HSE to ensure all proposed measures protect all patients and their access to quality care.”

a man holding a football ball: Mayo's Alan Dillon is now a TD for Fine Gael © Provided by Irish Mirror Mayo's Alan Dillon is now a TD for Fine Gael

Fine Gael TD for Mayo Alan Dillon said that the ordeal had been extremely hard for the whole family who were forced to deal with the trauma during such unprecedented times.

He said: “It’s crazy to see what this family are dealing with in the middle of a pandemic and how stressful this situation has been for them all to see their loved ones quality of life been severely impacted.

“Under normal circumstances this surgery would have been scheduled without question or without any delay in a private setting or public hospital."

He concluded: “I have asked the Minister to liaise swiftly with the Consultants group, his own Department of Health and the HSE to ensure all proposed measures protect all patients and their access to quality care.”

A spokeswoman for Ireland’s East Hospital Group said that they hoped to reschedule any cancelled procedures for a later date.

She said: “Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, all hospitals have had to postpone a large number of services in order to prepare for the surge in the number of cases of patients who require hospitalisation due to this unprecedented global healthcare event.

“Urgent and trauma surgeries are continuing across the Group and it is our hope that we will be able to reschedule all procedures as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.”

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