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Upgrade of Ennis Hospital to a Model 3 hospital for the Midwest ASAP

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We, the undersigned, call on the Minister for Health, Simon Harris to upgrade the status of the Ennis hospital to a model 3 hospital for the Midwest Region.

The Midwestern region is currently served by a Model 4 Hospital in Limerick, and Model 2 hospitals in Ennis and Nenagh.

The current population served by UHL is in excess of 385,000 people and we believe that having one Model 4 hospital is insufficient (even with the planned new ED) to serve the people of Clare, Limerick & North Tipperary.

The WHO Constitution enshrines “…the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental right of every human being.” And the right to health includes access to timely, acceptable and affordable health care of appropriate quality.

The upgrading of Ennis to a model 3 facility will include the restoration of the 24 hour Emergency Department in Ennis which we believe is vital to the population of Clare to restore the “Golden Hour” the main principle of which is that the sooner trauma patients reached definitive care—particularly if they arrived within 60 minutes of being injured—the better their chance of survival.

The addition of an fully operational ED in the Midwest will also reduce the pressure on the ED in Limerick, lowering patient visits to Limerick, reducing trolley numbers and providing a better health service for all the Midwest region.

We further call on all our elected representatives, both councillors and TD’s to support the people who elected them, and sign this petition in support of our aims.
We would expect our elected representatives to not only support us, but to campaign on our behalf to members of their party executive, whether in government or in opposition.

The issues surrounding the current facilities provided to the populations of Clare and the Midwest should be above politics, as the health of the people should be more important than any party whip

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