Scandal of New Children's Hospital Spending overrun - will Harris resign? Of course not

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Consolidation of expensive medical treatments can save huge sums on equipment, training and with sharply increased turnover per consultant. The centres of excellence in cancer are the best example.
Pat , I hate to tell you, but no, you are incorrect - it does not save money. Never has been shown to.

Just like building a new childrens hospital will save money on heating..................but spends more on air-conditioning.
 


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Pat , I hate to tell you, but no, you are incorrect - it does not save money. Never has been shown to.
That report is from the UK, not here. I would expect UK hospitals to already be mostly larger than here. So, reconfiguration might not necessarily work if all (or most) hospitals already have a minimum scale to be efficient. But, that's clearly not the situation here, with surgeons in small hospitals only have small numbers of cases, and A&E depts not open 24x7 etc.
Just like building a new childrens hospital will save money on heating..................but spends more on air-conditioning.
How did you figure that out?
 

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That report is from the UK, not here. I would expect UK hospitals to already be mostly larger than here. So, reconfiguration might not necessarily work if all (or most) hospitals already have a minimum scale to be efficient. But, that's clearly not the situation here, with surgeons in small hospitals only have small numbers of cases, and A&E depts not open 24x7 etc.

How did you figure that out?
Reconfiguration is put forward as a great way to save money and lives, it does not save money, and more lives are lost through overcrowding than would ever be saved through sub- specialisation.

It is interesting as public emergency departments close , more and more private ones are opening.
Thousands of acute public beds are closed through reconfiguration in the belief it saves money, it does not , never will, and the evidence about better outcomes is flimsy to say the least.

BTW, What emergency departments are not open 24/7.
 

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Reconfiguration is put forward as a great way to save money and lives, it does not save money, and more lives are lost through overcrowding than would ever be saved through sub- specialisation.

It is interesting as public emergency departments close , more and more private ones are opening.
That's a different issue I think. People with money will choose to pay to beat the queues etc at regular A&E. This would happen regardless of reconfiguration.
Thousands of acute public beds are closed through reconfiguration in the belief it saves money, it does not , never will, and the evidence about better outcomes is flimsy to say the least.

BTW, What emergency departments are not open 24/7.
I was thinking of Roscommon, which actually was open 24/7 but iirc didn't have many patients at night, and had a poor reputation for cardiac outcomes because of the lack of scale I was talking about.

Seems to me consolidating A&Es in places where they are kept busy is a sensible move. Obviously, that can create other problems if the receiving A&E doesn't have the capacity. But, that's a better problem to have.
 

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That's a different issue I think. People with money will choose to pay to beat the queues etc at regular A&E. This would happen regardless of reconfiguration.

I was thinking of Roscommon, which actually was open 24/7 but iirc didn't have many patients at night, and had a poor reputation for cardiac outcomes because of the lack of scale I was talking about.

Seems to me consolidating A&Es in places where they are kept busy is a sensible move. Obviously, that can create other problems if the receiving A&E doesn't have the capacity. But, that's a better problem to have.
There were no private A&Es until 10 years ago. The trolleys got so bad , well off people had to spend nights on trolleys surrounded by poor people, nothing to do with queues.

The lies that were told about Roscommon cardiology outcomes are well documented, and this led to the closure of Roscommon hospital and now the patients are treated in the super safe Savita Halapanavar hospital.

 

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We spend nowhere near that. Take a third off your figure and you get total spending which includes cash payments "out of pocket" - the patients pocket, not his/her taxes and health insurance payments. In 2016, government spending was half of your figure.
Ireland spends €20 billion per year on healthcare, here's where the money goes
GDP NONSENSE
The report should have used national income instead of the GDP numbers artificially inflated by about 30% by multinational financial transactions and tax avoidance accounting. So 7.4% of 130% is equivalent to 9.6% of national income, although recent figures are quoted at 12%.
 

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These figures include private hospitals , government spending is 72% of the figure.
so the figure of public spend is about 7.4% of GNI.
 
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GDP NONSENSE
The report should have used national income instead of the GDP numbers artificially inflated by about 30% by multinational financial transactions and tax avoidance accounting. So 7.4% of 130% is equivalent to 9.6% of national income, although recent figures are quoted at 12%.
You only need to focus on the nominal amount for the purposes of the post.
 

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I hope they've budgeted for a big enough morgue...


....just when you think the HSE couldn't disappoint you any more it pulls this kind of sh-it out of the bag.
The Irish like to squander government money on a hospital in every town and a self indulgent health care labour force operating like a workers' co-op and heavily protected by unions and professions.
 

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Closing smaller hospitals costs more money, and the resulting overcrowding actually leads to poorer outcomes.
 

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More huge overruns in health again this year. Yet another massive failing on Harris's watch. Yet again the media manage to avoid calling him out over it.

Maybe he can put up another desperate virtue-signalling tweet for likes so as to distract attention for his own ineptitude
 


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