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Ferris to raise Tralee A&E crisis in Dáil

19 January, 2010 - by Martin Ferris TD


North Kerry Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris TD will this evening attempt to have the Dáil adjourned to debate the ongoing crisis at the Accident and Emergency Department at Kerry General Hospital. Deputy Ferris said the situation as it currently stands cannot be allowed to continue.

He said: “Having heard in some detail from members of staff at Kerry General Hospital; I am appalled that the situation at the Accident and Emergency Department has been allowed to reach such a crisis point. No amount of spin by the HSE and its spokespeople can hide the fact that they have allowed this situation arise because of their policies. Yes, there is a problem nationally with recruiting staff, however that problem existed at Kerry long before the current difficulties arose.

“It is now almost four years since A&E Consultant Sean O’Rourke resigned from his post at Kerry General because of the lack of resources and staff available at the department.

“Despite the assurances I received before Christmas from the HSE that the A&E unit is to remain and that a new unit is to be developed with a full compliment of staff, I remain unconvinced that these assurances will be kept. I have heard first hand accounts of some appalling conditions that staff have to work in and that patients have to put up with. It is simply unacceptable that this should be allowed to continue.” ENDS

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