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Over 2,500 sick children left on trolleys in 2017

5 March, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Sinn Féin's spokesperson for Health, Louise O’Reilly TD, has slammed the Minister for Health and the Government over figures released to her which show that more than 2,500 sick children were left waiting on trolleys last year as the trolley crisis started to grip children’s hospitals. 

Teachta O’Reilly said: 

“It is completely unacceptable that anyone is left waiting on a hospital trolley, but it is particularly disgraceful when sick children are left waiting for hours on hospital trolleys. 

“This is exactly what is currently happening in our children’s hospitals. Figures released to me through Parliamentary Questions have shown that thousands of sick children were left waiting on trolleys across three children’s hospitals last year, Our Lady’s Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Tallaght Children’s Hospital, and Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

“This is completely unacceptable and no member of Fine Gael or this Government can stand over this situation. 

“In total 2,585 children were left waiting on trolleys in the three Dublin children’s hospitals last year. 

"This figure does not include the number of children who were left on trolleys in other hospitals, but one could imagine that it also runs into the thousands. 

“This is not how a compassionate, humane, and functioning health service should work. 

"The staff in our hospitals are doing their utmost, but they do not have been let down too, they do not have the necessary resources, human and financial. 

“Since the start of 2018 there have been two significant political developments to address the trolley crisis, the publication of the 'bed capacity review' and the passing of a Sinn Féin motion proposing solutions to the crisis. 

“However, to date there has been little or no action taken by the Government to implement either of the review or the Dáil motion. 

"The situation is similar to the lack of attention given to the cross-party Slaintecare report. There appears to be no urgency from the Government to address the trolley crisis.

“The Minister for Health needs to immediately address this situation. We’ve had enough of apologies, we need to see action."

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