Quadrupled trolley count in Navan a product of reckless government policy - Tóibín
Sinn Féin TD for Meath West, Peadar Tóibín, spoke about the chronic overcrowding in Navan Hospital and the appalling conditions people are forced to receive treatment in the Dáil yesterday.
An Teachta Tóibín, who is Chairperson of the Save Navan Hospital Campaign, said:
"The trolley count in Navan has quadrupled in the space of one year from 500 people to 2,500. One should consider this sentence with the objective of the Government and of the HSE to close the ICU and emergency department beds in Navan.
"I have been given a couple of statements recently relating to the difficulties with the trolley count in Navan. I hear that people are stuck in the waiting room of the emergency department in Navan without getting access to the hospital itself.
"They are being forced to wait for long periods in that waiting room after having been triaged and treated. They are forced to wait with needles left in their arms, while waiting for X-rays and for blood tests.
"Those people are forced to wait on their feet because there are no seats left in the waiting rooms for people trying to get into the hospitals.
"The report stated that the waiting room was full to the brim; that three ambulances had just arrived and they were being forced to wait because they could not leave their patients behind unattended. That means that staff members are forced to prioritise patients in serious need over other patients.
"The Irish Association for Emergency Medicine stated, on the trolley crisis and waiting list, that up to 350 people will die in Ireland in 2018 because of those two factors.
“I am proposing a number of measures to address the current crisis including increasing the number of hospital beds by 500, the employment of 600 additional front line staff, an increase in home help hours and packages by 10%, as well as the establishment of an emergency department task-force on a permanent basis.
"These measures have been costed by the Department for Finance and must be implemented immediately by the government to ensure that people no longer must suffer needlessly.”