Outrage over St. James's Hospital's choice to disclaim sure sufferers entry to Blood Check providers

St. James’s Hospital has come underneath hearth over its choice to disclaim some sufferers entry to Blood Check providers.

St. James’s Hospital is about to limit entry to its blood check providers from August twenty first, 2023.

Earlier this month, St James’s Hospital issued a letter to Webdoctor.ie and different Common Follow clinics stating that on account of “big will increase in GP workload and an absence of inside assets”, the hospital will now not settle for referrals from outdoors its catchment space for phlebotomy providers as of August twenty first.

The letter states that ‘the Laboratory doesn’t have sufficient employees, house or assets to proceed this degree of labor and is giving 6 weeks’ discover that we’ll now not settle for samples from GPs outdoors our catchment space.’

The transfer has been slated by webdoctor.ie who claims it “is discriminating in opposition to a big cohort of sufferers residing domestically to Saint James’ Hospital”.

Not solely will the transfer limit sufferers, however it’ll additionally trigger points for GPs.

Webdoctor.ie has now written to the Scientific Director in St. James’ Hospital to request an pressing dialogue about this choice. The corporate can also be writing to the HSE and Division of Well being to request a gathering on the difficulty.

Dr. Sylvester Mooney, Chief Medical Officer and Founding father of Webdoctor.ie, says:

“Equitable entry to phlebotomy providers is crucial to help within the provision of our high quality GP providers and it’s significantly essential for the sufferers who can’t entry an area ‘Bricks and Mortar’ GP on account of lengthy ready lists, and who rely completely on our service for his or her main healthcare wants.”

“To limit affected person entry from providers reminiscent of our personal in favour of historic catchment areas is discriminatory. This solely serves to ship this healthcare system additional again in time.”