Two Government Ministers from the West have objected to proposals to rationalise the provision of trauma care services in hospitals across the country.

A new plan, drawn up by an expert group, would see the country divided into two trauma networks for dealing with patients who have experienced car accidents, head injuries or broken limbs.

There would be a major trauma centre established in Dublin and one in Cork, as well as a number of other units which would deal with less serious cases.

In Galway, there would be a trauma unit “with specialised services” but it would not have neurosurgical facilities.

Health Minister Simon Harris is facing opposition to the plan from Communications Minister  Denis Naughten and Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring, who both want more trauma facilities in the West than currently proposed by the Dept of Health.

According to the Irish Times, Minister Michael Ring has expressed concern at the absence of a major trauma centre in the West, Northwest or midlands, under the department’s proposals.

Minister Denis Naughten has questioned why three trauma centres – including a major regional facility – should be in Dublin.

He also said reconfiguration of existing arrangements should not take place before improvements to air ambulance services are put in place.

Speaking to Midwest News, Minister Naughten said he’s meeting with the Health Minister to discuss the proposals, before they’re discussed at next week’s Cabinet meeting…

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