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End Scandal in Our Lady of Lourdes Emergency department - Adams

11 August, 2015 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has called for an “urgent review of government policy and funding for the Health Service to end the scandal of patients stuck on trolleys in Emergency Departments”.

The Louth TD said:

“Waiting lists in Our Lady of Lourdes Emergency Department have remained consistently high. On Monday August 10th, there were 35 patients on trolleys in OLOL – the worst in the state. Today, Tuesday August 11th, that number was 36.

“The summer period normally sees a drop in the volume of overcrowding in Emergency Departments but the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has reported that July saw the ‘highest ever level of overcrowding recorded’. July 2015 witnessed a 94% increase in trolley numbers in ED’s since 2006.

“Our Lady of Lourdes – with 769 patients on trolleys in July – had the highest levels of overcrowding of any hospital in the state.

“This is deeply disturbing and is evidence of the abject failure of government policy in respect of the health service and the care of patients. New measures introduced by the Minister for Health are inadequate and the €74 million additional funding provided several months ago has failed to achieve any significant improvement in Emergency Department trolley numbers.

“The negative impact of this on patient care and patient well-being requires urgent additional funding by the government.

“Urgent action is needed. It should include:

·         Immediate steps to recruit the required additional staff.

·         Additional resources to expand the role of the nurse in the acute care and in enhanced community services.

·         More acute beds and step down facilities must be established.”

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