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Minister disappointed over care
27 Feb 2015 22:10
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said he is very disappointed to hear of what occurred in the case of the late Gerry Feeney at Beaumont Hospital.
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Mr Varadkar said he did not have details of individual cases but it was upsetting to hear that people did not get the standard of medical and nursing care they deserved.
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He said he has been in touch with the chairman of Beaumont on the issue and is awaiting the outcome of the investigation into the case.
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The case was revealed this week by RTÉ News and the Feeney family.
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Mr Feeney's family say he was treated without dignity during his stay at the hospital.
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The hospital said that very serious issues raised by the family are of deep concern to Beaumont.
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Mr Varadkar was speaking as he opened the new Mater Private Emergency Department in Dublin this morning.
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Patients who attend a public emergency department without a GP referral or medical card must pay €100.
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For those attending the new department at the Mater there is an upfront attendance and initial consultation fee of €120.
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Extra charges for diagnostic tests and pathology are capped at €500 for each visit.
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The private facility is open 9am to 6pm from Monday to Friday and does not handle ambulance cases, children or obstetric cases.
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