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Varadkar “AWOL” as hospitals crisis escalates – Adams

6 January, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader and Louth TD Gerry Adams has said it is unacceptable that Minister for Health Leo Varadkar appears to be AWOL as the hospital overcrowding crisis escalates.

Mr Adams again raised major concerns about the overcrowding situation at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

Gerry Adams said:

“There are now over 80 people lying on trolleys at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

“Forty two people are on trolleys in the Emergency Department – three of them are children, two of whom are under six months old.

“The HSE has put a temporary ambulance bypass protocol in place for adult patients to bring them to hospitals in Cavan and Beaumont.

“I am aware that Nurses and midwives at Our Lady of Lourdes are seeking the urgent intervention of the Labour Relations Commission over conditions. Strike action planned for last November was suspended to allow for talks at the LRC.

“Hospital overcrowding is now a major crisis facing the State. There are more than 600 patients on trolleys.

“Overcrowding, the closure of A&E services and record numbers on trolleys are a direct result of the policies of Fine Gael and Labour.

“Meanwhile the Minister for Health appears to be AWOL. This is unacceptable. Minister Varadkar needs to surface and to address this developing crisis with urgency."


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