Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South
West Seán Crowe joined members of the Tallaght Hospital Action Group this
afternoon protesting at the cuts being imposed on Tallaght Hospital and the
loss of services that has endangered the lives of patients.
Crowe, who lives in Tallaght, is a member of the Tallaght
Hospital Action Group and has campaigned
tirelessly for better services for the hospital which recent figures show
is the busiest in the county.
Deputy Crowe said:
“Last week the Health
Information and Quality Authority confirmed it is to launch an
investigation into Tallaght’s Emergency Department following concerns about
patient care. Today’s protest is
a clear signal to the government that the people of Dublin demand a properly
funded and functioning facility that can meet the healthcare needs of its
citizens regardless of their social or economic background. For too many years,
we have had to endure a two tier healthcare system that benefits the wealthy
and debases the basic rights of ordinary people.
“Tallaght Hospital is in a state of crisis and this
was clearly illustrated earlier in the year when a local man, Thomas
Walsh, tragically died after being admitted to the hospital in what was later
described as a ‘Virtual Ward’ – an area in a corridor awaiting a
bed. The County coroner after hearing of the case, described
Tallaght as being ‘a very dangerous place’ for patients.
“Today’s demonstration is
about securing additional resources for Tallaght Hospital, as well as a
solidarity protest in support of the staff working there, including the
doctors and nurses who despite their dedication find themselves stretched to
is funded to look after 350,000 people but in reality cares for 500,000, making
it the busiest hospital in the country. It also dealt with 93,016
emergency presentations last year and its Accident & Emergency Unit is regularly overflowing onto
its corridors with patients on trolleys.
“The current crisis in
Tallaght mirrors the problems facing many hospitals throughout the state.
"Health care and its
delivery should be an automatic right and not a privilege.
"People voted for
change in the last election.
have seen very little of it when it comes to the rollout of a first class
Health system that is fit for
purpose and able to meet the needs of those who are sick and in need of medical