Chronic failure to tackle hospital crisis risking patients lives - Adams
Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has said there is a "chronic failure" by Government to deal with the growing crisis in hospitals and demanded urgent actions before patients die.
His remarks follow the resignation of Dr Kevin Moran, Consultant Urologist and Surgeon at Letterkenny General Hospital and damning correspondence Mr Adams has received from HIQA on the HSE's failure to implement the the recommendations of the Tallaght Report.
Speaking in Dublin today Gerry Adams said:
"The numbers of patients lying on trollies in our hospitals is again at near record levels.
"Meanwhile, a patient in Dublin was last night forced to wait three and a half hours for an ambulance after calls to emergency services.
"Hospital overcrowding and the lack of of available ambulances is a direct result of Government policy.
“The Irish Hospital Consultants Association has said the Government is not providing adequate resources to deal with this crisis.
“I have challenged the Taoiseach to visit some of our hospitals to see for himself the challenges being faced by committed health workers and the indignities being heaped upon patients."The situation is now chronic and if it continues to deteriorate patients lives are clearly at risk.
“Last month I handed the Taoiseach correspondence I received from HIQA pointing out that the 2012 Tallaght Report recommendations had not been implemented.
"HIQA said that if they had, current risks within hospital emergency departments would be significantly reduced.
“On 14th January I handed this correspondence to Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
"I have on two occasions now asked the Taoiseach about this but have got no adequate response.
"Now, Dr Kevin Moran, Consultant Urologist and Surgeon at Letterkenny General Hospital has resigned over the management of the hospital and lack of resources.
"Sinn Féin is demanding urgent answers from Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar about this disturbing development and why he has failed to ensure implementation of the Tallaght Report.
“The Fine Gael/Labour Government has decided that the rundown of our hospitals is the price of their austerity policies.
"They have failed to resource our public health system while paying €7.5 billion in debt interest last year, including private banking debt. This is scandalous."