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Tallaght Hospital crisis must be addressed - Crowe

8 February, 2008

Dublin South West Sinn Féin representative Seán Crowe has said that despite public assurances from Government Politicians that Tallaght Hospital will not be downgraded the reality on the ground is quite the opposite.

Speaking today Crowe said, "Tallaght accident and emergency is currently operating with just one consultant despite being the busiest accident and emergency department in the state with 78,000 visits last year. This is causing huge waiting times for patients arriving with serious injuries and is putting added stress on an already over-stretched and under resourced workforce.

"There is also one ward in the hospital which is operating with a shortage of seven and a half nurses and there is no indication that these positions will be filled. Again this is causing huge hardship for staff and patients alike.

"During the last year's general election government politicians assured the public that the hospital would not be downgraded. However, despite these assurances the reality on the ground is clearly the opposite.

"I am calling on the Minister for Health Mary Harney to ensure essential staff positions can be filled at Tallaght hospital. This means lifting the ridiculous HSE recruitment ban." ENDS

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