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Staffing problems in local hospitals are shocking and damning – Ellis

6 July, 2011 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin North West Dessie Ellis has described the conditions in local hospitals as “shocking and damning” during a Dáil debate on Hospital Services following a Sinn Féin motion calling for a halt to service closures and equal access to healthcare. He blamed the lack of proper staffing in critical services for these problems.

Deputy Ellis said:

“I have spoken with nurses and doctors in my own constituency who tell me the horror stories of how cuts, embargoes and other pressures levelled on them are seriously damaging their ability to provide care.

“The stories of wards being used as run off for Accident and Emergency, rotating staff to make up for short fall even in specialized areas is truly shocking and damning for anyone who witnesses it but for anyone professionally concerned with Infection control and quality of care it is heartbreaking and soul shattering.

“We are also faced with cut hours for home help. My area has quite a large older population, many of whom require help so that they can remain independent in their homes. This is hugely important to these people but is becoming more and more difficult as they are receiving less and less care.

“These are not discretionary expenses. Health care is the right of everyone in this country and it is being denied.

“The two tier system which remains can never serve properly the people who need care, it is based on the idea that some should receive better care because they can pay and that is wholly wrong.”

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