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Trolley crisis is Leo Varadkar's legacy in Health – Louise O’Reilly TD

10 November, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health Louise O’Reilly TD has today criticised Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on his abject failure to address the ongoing crisis in the health system, citing the ongoing Trolley Crisis as the legacy of his time in the Department of Health.

Figures released this week show record levels of patients left on trolleys. Leo Varadkar failed to address this when he was Minister for Health and cannot walk away from his responsibility now. The Trolley crisis is the outworking of government policy and can be ended.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“There have been 82,459 people were left on trolleys throughout the State over the past 10 months. This crisis will only deepen as we move into the winter. This is unacceptable and unnecessary.

“This crisis is the result of successive Health Ministers, including Leo Varadkar, failing to invest and failing to plan. It is the legacy of his time in the Department of Health.

"Under his watch in the department, targets were missed, record numbers of patients were left on trolleys, he oversaw botched recruitment schemes, soaring waiting lists and abandoned universal health care and perpetuated the drive towards the privatisation of the health service.

"He is now the Taoiseach, the buck stops with him and indeed he was very clear when he was selected to lead Fine Gael that he would be taking a special interest in health.

"The health care system can be fixed. If the Taoiseach is serious about addressing the issues which created this crisis then he needs to tackle four main areas: recruitment and retention of staff, reopening closed beds, adequate step down facilities, and proper primary and community care.

“It’s now time for the Taoiseach to do what he failed to do as Minister for Health and act to end the Trolley crisis."

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