Consultants stand together on email claims

HOSPITAL consultants at Cork University Hospital (CUH) have held an unprecedented emergency meeting where they publicly backed damning comments made by colleague Mr Jason Kelly concerning conditions at the hospital.

In an explosive email revealed exclusively by the Irish Examiner on Monday, Mr Kelly described the hospital as being “in crisis” and failing its patients.

He described how a 42-year-old woman, who had just had her breast removed in an emergency operation, was left on a trolley overnight, without morphine, and how another 70-year-old woman admitted with a “devastating injury”, suffered unnecessarily as she had to wait five hours for an urgent amputation.

Mr Kelly also expressed concerns at the planned centralisation of cancer services at CUH stating the hospital would not be able to cope.

CUH management subsequently issued two statements on the email.

In the first statement, they refused to comment on the individual cases and in the second, three days later, they described the email’s contents as “erroneous”.

The statement issued following yesterday’s emergency meeting by CUH consultant medical staff is, however, a strong endorsement of their colleague and scathing of CUH management and the claims made in light of Mr Kelly’s email.

The consultants said they “share the frustration felt by Mr Jason Kelly and support him in his concerns and commitment to improving patient care”.

They also said they “fundamentally” disagreed with the explanations given publicly by CUH management accusing them of “failing to address the real issues identified in the email”.

Yesterday, CUH general manager Tony McNamara acknowledged the statement issued by the consultant medical staff but reiterated that the facts in relation to the two patients’ cases highlighted in Mr Kelly’s email were incorrect.


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