Trolley patients at Beaumont Hospital nearing crisis levels- Cllr Malachy Quinn
Sinn Féin Fingal county councillor Malachy Quinn has commented on the latest hospital trolley figures, drawing specific attention to his local hospital Beaumont.
Cllr Malachy Quinn stated:
“On Saturday last Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, said that there is a "chronic failure" by Government to deal with the growing crisis in hospitals and demanded urgent actions before patients die. Locally in our own Beaumont hospital, the number of patients on trolleys has remained high in recent months. This has already led to nurses serving industrial action last month.
“The hospital overcrowding problem is a direct result of government austerity policies.”
“We all know someone who has been in this situation, including myself and my own family.”
"This government has failed to resource our public health system while paying €7.5 billion in debt interest last year, including private banking debt. This is unacceptable."
There was great expectation within the local community, that when local politician, Dr James Reilly was chosen as Minister for Health, that there would be a discernible improvement in health services.
The new Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, has provided no adequate solution to deal with the capacity problems in our local hospitals, which is the main contributor to safety concerns.
Sinn Féin is urging the Minister for Health to act now and work to remedy this situation.”