Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams has expressed his solidarity with nurses at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, who are today holding a lunchtime protest over dangerous levels of overcrowding at the hospital's emergency department.
Deputy Adams said,
“I know that this protest is borne out of sheer frustration at the persistent problem of overcrowding resulting in the prolonged placement of patients on trollies.
“I have heard reports from constituents that their loved ones have been placed on trollies in corridors for days at a time.
“This is simply unacceptable and cannot contribute to optimum patient care.
“I have great sympathy with the nurses who are forced to work under these conditions and who often face the wrath and irritation of patients and their families.”
Mr Adams called on the Heath Minister to immediately address the chronic underfunding of the Health Service in this country saying;
“In March of this year I raised the level of overcrowding at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in the Dáil. Unfortunately the Government has chosen not to address this dangerous issue and we now see this protest by nurses – a damning indictment on this Government.
“Some €4 billion has been slashed from the health budget since 2008. This is unsustainable and I am calling on Minister Varadkar to change the Government's health policy and to urgently address the levels of overcrowding in Irish hospitals.”