Mid-Western Regional Hospital situation a symptom of crisis in health services – Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has said that the situation in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick is a result of the recruitment embargo combined with the recent retirement of 4,500 staff from the health services. He cited similar problems and potential crises in the Dublin/North-East HSE region.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“Yet again we see one of the State’s major hospitals having to turn patients away. The situation in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick, including cancelled operations and day procedures, is a symptom of the crisis across the health services, especially hospitals, with under-staffing brought about by the recruitment embargo combined with the recent retirement of 4,500 staff.
“Health Minister James Reilly is in denial about the extent of the crisis. This week in the Dáil, when questioned by me, he refused to accept that he needs to set a target date for the lifting of the recruitment embargo.
“The reality on the ground gives the lie to the Minister’s denials.
“Because of retirements and the recruitment embargo there is a deficit of 13 whole time equivalents (WTEs) in the operating theatre department of the Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.
“In James Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown alone there is an estimated shortage of 60 WTE nurse positions.
“Our public health services cannot be maintained on this basis and the recruitment embargo must be lifted.” ENDS