Ó Caoláin pressing for early Health Committee address of hospital build-up crisis
The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children is being urged to accommodate an early meeting to allow members address their concerns and possible solutions regarding the current overcrowding crisis in A & Es, and across hospital wards throughout the country, to the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar TD and the Director General of the HSE Tony O’Brien.
Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has written to the Committee Chairperson Jerry Buttimer TD and the Secretariat to the Committee requesting the earliest possible accommodation of his request.
Deputy Ó Caoláin has followed-up his written request with direct telephone contact with Deputy Buttimer and with Committee Clerk Ronan Murphy.The Sinn Féin health spokesperson has argued for this special meeting to be convened next week on the Dáil’s resumption.
He has stressed that the “ongoing overcrowding and wider staffing crisis” is a matter of “utmost importance” requiring “earliest possible” address.A final decision on Deputy Ó Caolaín’s request is awaited.