Hospital overspends by €261k in January

Midlands Regional Hospital at Mullingar is already over spending on its budgetary targets to the tune of €261,000 for the month of January alone.

Midlands Regional Hospital at Mullingar is already over spending on its budgetary targets to the tune of €261,000 for the month of January alone.

According to the latest Healthstat Dashboard, a survey of every hospital in the state, the hospital in Mullingar overspent by 5.4 percent in January 2012.

On an overall scale Midlands Regional Hospital at Mullingar was given an average rating, scoring amber in both access and resources and a very good for integration.

Most worryingly for the hospital, the emergency department waiting times were given an unsatisfactory rating, with 40 percent of patients waiting longer than the zero to six hour HSE waiting time target. Of the 1013 patients admitted to the Emergency Department in January, 6 people waited longer than 24 hours.

There were also unsatisfactory ratings for child elective waiting times, with over 50 percent of children waiting longer than the recommended three month HSE target.

An average of 10.5 percent of admissions to the hospital were also deemed inappropriate. 35.2 percent of the occupancy of the hospital on the day of study were also found to be inappropriate. While this earned the hospital a further unsatisfactory rating, it was an significant improvement on December’s figures.

Midlands Regional Hospital at Mullingar is also failing to meet its target for the percentage of staff hours lost due to absenteeism, with 12 per cent of nursing hours lost to absenteeism, a two percent rise on December. The HSE target is 3.5 percent or less. Removing long term absenteeism, roughly two percent, nursing hours lost to absenteeism in Mullingar is still considerably short of its target.

In total for the hospital just over 6 per cent of staff hours were lost to absenteeism in January.

The hospital was given good marks in a number of categories, including meeting all its waiting time targets for referrals by GPs to the hospital for ultrasound scans, xrays and CT scans. It was also on target for consultant referrals for diagnostics.

The hospital was also given good marks for the percentage of patients that were admitted on the day of procedure.

Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe, a popular maternity hospital for people from Longford, was given an overall unsatisfactory rating for its use of resources. It had overspent its January budget by a huge 22.5 percent or €761,000.

Like the hospital at Mullingar, Portiuncula Hospital was also failing to meet its staff absenteeism rates, with over five percent of total hours lost to absenteeism.