Problems at Tallaght Hospital highlighted two years ago
Dublin South West Sinn Féin Councillor Seán Crowe has said he warned of serious problems and shortages of resources at Tallaght Hospital two years ago but no action was taken by Health Minister Mary Harney. He said Minister Harney should resign or be removed from office by the Taoiseach.
Councillor Crowe was speaking today in response to the revelation that over 57,000 x-rays that were taken at Tallaght Hospital were not examined by a consultant radiologist.
“Just over two years ago now, at my party’s Ard Fheis in 2008 on live television, I highlighted major problems at Tallaght Hospital including a shortage of Physiotherapists, Radiologists, Anaesthetists, Social Workers, Pharmacists, IT staff, Clerical staff and nurses.
“At that time Tallaght was being downgraded and stripped of essential staff that were not being replaced when their contracts ended.
“Unfortunately my concerns fell on deaf ears and nothing was done by the HSE or the Department of Health.
“If you cut resources, cut essential staff, cut vital funding, its inevitable that hospital systems and sick and ailing patients will suffer.
“Health Minister Mary Harney has spectacularly failed as a Minister for Health. In her determination to develop a private, for profit, healthcare system she has destroyed the public infrastructure on which people depend. This has led to numerous unnecessary deaths and much hardship, pain, stress and extra financial burdens for patients throughout the state and their families.
“The fact that the Minister is already in New Zealand as this news breaks, a week ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, speaks volumes. However, this pales into significance when compared to the havoc she has wreaked in the health services. She has failed and she should resign. If she does not then she must be removed from office by the Taoiseach.” ENDS