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A&E crisis at University Hospital Waterford putting patients in real jeopardy - Senator David Cullinane

29 September, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has described as "shocking" and "unacceptable" that ambulances, carrying patients, bound for the A&E department at University Hospital Waterford had to be redirected to hospitals in Kilkenny and Wexford due to the fact that the  facility had reached capacity.

The Waterford general election candidate said that the hospital is faced with a crisis of funding and resource provision that is placing the lives of patients in real jeopardy.

Senator David Cullinane said;

"It is shocking and unacceptable that the Director of Emergency Services at University Hospital Waterford felt that he had no other choice but to direct ambulances away from the A&E to hospitals in Kilkenny and Wexford because the facility had reached capacity. It is equally shocking that this situation developed as a consequence of a lack of funding.

"I have raised, on a number of occasions, the crisis of funding and resources faced by the patients, staff and management at University Hospital Waterford.

"The government and the Minister of Health have been made acutely aware of how dire the situation has become. However, now we see an infuriating reality where the lives and well-being of patients are being put into jeopardy by a combination of government policy and neglect.

"This latest chapter follows on from the situation in April where we had 25,000 patients waiting on procedures at the hospital with over 7,000 waiting longer than 12 months.

"It seems that the Minister is not taking this crisis seriously. His indifference is now a genuine threat to the quality of outcomes for people in Waterford who are involved in accidents and those who fall seriously ill.

"We need to know how Minister Varadkar intends to address the crisis at University Hospital Waterford in a comprehensive and timely fashion.

"I have submitted a motion calling on Minister Varadkar to come before the Seanad to address this situation and to outline how he will deal with the crisis."

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