Sinn Fein Leader and Louth TD Gerry Adams has warned that Government cuts to the Health Service budget are having a “serious and detrimental impact on health provision”.
Teachta Adams speaking in the Dáil today during leaders questions raised his “deep worry at the situation in Our Lady of Lourdes Drogheda which today had 57 patients on trolleys and which the INMO warned needed the introduction of a ‘disaster protocol.’
Several weeks ago senior doctors expressed their concern at overcrowding in emergency departments.
Gerry Adams said:
“Today (Tuesday) there are over 300 patients on trolleys across the state. The highest number is in Our Lady of Lourdes Drogheda which has 57 patients on trolleys and where the INMO is calling for the Disaster Protocol to be introduced.
“With four billion euro having been taken out of the health service in the last 5 years is it not obvious that the government’s health plans are actively undermining your own stated goal of equal access to health care?
“Senior frontline doctors operating in emergency departments are deeply concerned that trolley numbers remain extremely high. Several weeks ago the head of the HSE bluntly warned that the money being allocated by the government for the health service this year will not be enough to deliver the services required.
“The fact is that the health service is crumbling. Lives are being put at risk.
“€4 billion has been taken out of the health service since 2008.Thousands of citizens face the loss of discretionary medical cards in 2014, including seriously ill and disabled children. Funding for nursing home beds is being cut, with the knock-on pressure this puts on hospital beds.
“The onus is on the government to reverse the disastrous health cuts that Minister Reilly has been responsible for and to provide the necessary funding for the 2014 HSE service plan.”