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Almost 35,000 on outpatient waiting list at Galway Hospital as nurses vote to strike – Trevor Ó Clochartaigh

24 November, 2015

Galway West - South Mayo based Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has today hit out at the Government as the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation voted overwhelmingly in support of industrial action.

The Senator said:

“The crisis in our hospitals is a direct result of underfunding from government and our frontline workers have unfortunately been left with little option but to engage in industrial action.

“Nurses are performing heroics on a daily basis under increasing pressure as the government continually fails to deal with the overcrowding crisis.

“This October was the worst on record with 7,971 admitted patients cared for on trolleys in hospitals around the state and the first ten months of this year, with almost 80,000 patients treated on trolleys is the worst since trolley watch began.

“This is the latest in the ongoing saga of mismanagement of our public health system, which has lurched from one crisis to another under Ministers Reilly and Varadkar.

“In University Hospital Galway, there were 469 patients treated on hospital trolleys during the month of October, while the latest figures show that the outpatient waiting list for the Hospital stands at a staggering 34,870 patients.

“Minister Varadkar must now engage constructively with the INMO if we are to avert a strike in Emergency Departments in the run up to Christmas.

“The ultimate solution to this crisis is increased investment and a reversal of the cuts imposed by Fianna Fáil, Labour and Fine Gael.

“Sinn Féin has consistently called for increased investment in our public services and, if in Government, we would recruit an additional 2,500 nurses over five years with additional recruitment envisaged during a second term."

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