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Crowe supports Tallaght Hospital

2 July, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD


Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South West Seán Crowe joined members of the Tallaght Hospital Action Group this afternoon protesting at the cuts being imposed on Tallaght Hospital and the loss of services that has endangered the lives of patients.

Crowe, who lives in Tallaght, is a member of the Tallaght Hospital Action Group and has campaigned tirelessly for better services for the hospital which recent figures show is the busiest in the county.

Deputy Crowe said:

“Last week the Health Information and Quality Authority confirmed it is to launch an investigation into Tallaght’s Emergency Department following concerns about patient care. Today’s protest is a clear signal to the government that the people of Dublin demand a properly funded and functioning facility that can meet the healthcare needs of its citizens regardless of their social or economic background. For too many years, we have had to endure a two tier healthcare system that benefits the wealthy and debases the basic rights of ordinary people.

“Tallaght Hospital is in a state of crisis and this was clearly illustrated earlier in the year when a local man, Thomas Walsh, tragically died after being admitted to the hospital in what was later described as a ‘Virtual  Ward’ – an area in a corridor awaiting a bed. The County coroner after hearing of the case, described Tallaght as being ‘a very dangerous place’ for patients.

“Today’s demonstration is about securing additional resources for Tallaght Hospital, as well as a solidarity protest in support of the staff working there, including the doctors and nurses who despite their dedication find themselves stretched to breaking point.

 "This facility is funded to look after 350,000 people but in reality cares for 500,000, making it the busiest hospital in the country. It also dealt with 93,016 emergency presentations last year and its Accident &  Emergency Unit is regularly overflowing onto its corridors with patients on trolleys.

“The current crisis in Tallaght mirrors the problems facing many hospitals throughout the state.

"Health care and its delivery should be an automatic right and not a privilege.

"People voted for change in the last election.

"Unfortunately they have seen very little of it when it comes to the rollout of a first class Health system that is fit for purpose and able to meet the needs of those who are sick and in need of medical care.”  

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