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City Councillor challenges Minister Harney to visit Mater hospital A&E

18 October, 2004


Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Christy Burke has today challenged the Health Minister Mary Harney to visit the Mater Hospital to 'see for herself the unacceptable situation of patients forced to wait hours on end for a bed space'.

Councillor Burke's calls came after a protest yesterday by relatives of patients, many of whom have been waiting several days on trolleys in the casualty department.

Speaking today Cllr Burke said:

"I am calling upon the Minister for Health to visit the Mater Hospital Casualty Department to see for herself the unacceptable situation where many patients have been forced to wait hours on end for a bed space.

"People are furious that in this day and age that the state cannot provide the resources to protect the sick and elderly within our society. The Hospital‚s Chief Executive Martin Crowley has called for an additional 100 beds to help ease this current crisis at the casualty department. The government and particularly the Minister for Health can resolve this matter.

"Sinn Féin is committed to ensuring that the health service needs of citizens are met effectively." ENDS

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