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Adams alarm at overcrowding in Our Lady of Lourdes

5 January, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader and Louth TD Gerry Adams has expressed alarm at the overcrowding situation in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

Mr Adams called for the immediate intervention of the Minister Health Leo Varadkar, saying the hospital overcrowding situation was now an emergency.

Gerry Adams said:

"Our Lady of Lourdes was the most overcrowded hospital in the State this morning with 43 sick or injured patients being treated on trolleys. There are over 50 patients waiting for admission.

"I know this situation is reflected to varying degrees in hospitals across the state and that the number of patients on trolleys in hospital emergency units has now reached record levels.

"Measures announced in the Budget to ease pressure on A&Es have had little effect. What is urgently required is funding for step-down beds and extra nursing home places

"We need to treat this as an emergency and the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar needs to intervene immediately to tackle this situation."

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