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Additional acute beds needed urgently at Wexford General Hospital

13 April, 2004

Sinn Féin EU candidate for the East Constituency and Wexford Councillor John Dwyer has called for urgent action to sort out the crisis at Wexford General Hospital which resulted in 30 patients being left on trolleys over the bank holiday weekend.

Councillor Dwyer said:

"The situation in Wexford General Hospital was intolerable at the weekend for patients and staff with 30 patients being left on trolleys. This is not a once off incident and will become an even more common occurance as the hospital does not have the bed capacity to cater for the population growth in County Wexford.

"The only way to address this ongoing problem is to provide additional acute beds to meet with the increased demands. It is not good enough for the government to say that the funding is not available. It is time that they lived up to their responsibilities to the people of Wexford and provide a proper public health service."ENDS

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