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Harney must provide essential ICU beds for Crumlin – Ó Caoláin

27 October, 2009 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has demanded that the Minister for Health & Children Mary Harney release the funding necessary to provide the additional ICU beds required at Crumlin Children’s Hospital to ensure that children can have life-saving operations.

Deputy Ó Caolain said:

“The case of two-year-old Joy Lawlor Doyle who is awaiting life-saving heart surgery, has highlighted the plight of many other children whose operations have been cancelled or delayed because of the lack of a sufficient number of ICU beds in Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

“It is a disgrace that on the day last week when Joy’s mother phoned the hospital, three of the four scheduled operations had to be cancelled because of the lack of ICU beds. This was despite the fact that the cardiac surgeon and his team were available all day.

“The Minister for Health & Children Mary Harney continues to waste public money on her pet scheme of co-location which, years after its inception, has not provided a single additional hospital bed. Yet life-saving operations for children are cancelled for lack of beds in Crumlin, a situation replicated in hospitals across the State.

“I will be challenging Minister Harney on this issue on the resumption of the Dáil next week.” ENDS

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