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Martin Ferris TD alarmed at HIQA report into Kerry General Hospital

10 November, 2015 - by Martin Ferris TD

Sinn Féin Kerry TD Martin Ferris has expressed his alarm following the publication of a HIQA report which has highlighted extremely poor hygiene conditions and a dangerous physical environment at Kerry General Hospital.

Deputy Ferris said;

"The findings in this HIQA report into conditions at Kerry General Hospital are extremely alarming to say the very least.

"Patient safety must be a priority. These issues were reported previously and we need to know why they were not addressed by hospital management.

"People who need to attend hospital must be reassured of a clean and safe hospital environment. We cannot have a situation where trust in one of the most basic requirements of our hospital network is lost.

"Government health policy, which is clearly centred on underfunding and under-resourcing of the public service, has robbed the people of Kerry of that assurance.

"There can be no doubt that poor hygiene is intrinsically linked with overcrowding and staff shortages.

"Yesterday, we learned that the INMO is balloting its members on all-out strike action due to conditions in hospitals throughout the state. This is a very strong signal that our health service has now reached a tipping point.

"Fine Gael and the Labour Party cut nearly €2.5 billion out of the health services over the course of their first three budgets. They have only provided only an additional €18 million for health in the budget. This is paltry. It is an insult to patients and to frontline staff who been left to work in unacceptable conditions. We can't be surprised when HIQA investigations produce such frightening findings.

"The result of government policy is now to be seen in the unacceptable physical environment confronting patients and staff at Kerry General Hospital. The buck stops with Fine Gael and the Labour Party. They cannot hide away from the disastrous impact of their decisions.

“I intend to raise these matters in the Dáil at the earliest opportunity.”

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