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Hospital crisis signifies another Fine Gael promise forgotten – Ní Riada

7 January, 2015 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP

The current national emergency facing Irish hospitals is only the latest Fine Gael policy that has been shattered by government indifference in the past 4 years says Liadh Ní Riada, Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South as the numbers of people on trolleys passes the 600 mark.

Ní Riada says:

“That the figures waiting on beds in emergency departments across the country today has passed 600 is an indictment of this government. James Reilly as Minister for Health in 2013 said that never again would the country see more than 569 people waiting on trolleys in a single day. The sad reality is that this government seem to treat hospitals with the same disdain as they’ve treated all other vital services and funding that they’ve slashed as part of their austerity drive. Fine Gael have the gall to say that they are driving growth when you cannot get treatment in a hospital.”

“Even more telling is the industrial action served by the nurses of Beaumont and Lady of Lourdes, Drogheda. Like the teachers before Christmas, these are not actions over pay disputes but rather grave concerns for the welfare of those in their care. This government has gone too far in its slash and burn approach to government spending and now the lives and prospects of the Irish people are facing serious threat because bondholders came first.” 

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