Ó Caoláin announces Sinn Féin weekend of action on trolley crises
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, has stressed the need to include provision for extra beds and nurses in the supplementary budget. To highlight the dire need for additional resources, Deputy Ó Caoláin has announced a weekend of action on the trolley crisis, with Sinn Féin activists participating in towns and cities across the state.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“The nurses’ decision to resort to industrial action was the inevitable consequence of this government’s failure to address the real crisis in our health services, most particularly the fact that we have a totally under-resourced accident & emergency department across this state.
“We have the loss of some 2,000 nurses, we have the contraction in terms of bed capacity and we have the intolerable trolley figures that are coming in day after day and while there is a greater media attention when it gets up to a certain level, the fact of the matter is, that some 300 or more every day find themselves on trolleys or other inappropriate settings across our hospitals.
“It’s critically important that this Minister Leo Varadkar and this government engage directly with INMO and that they also take action. We have not yet seen the publication of the Supplementary Estimate for 2015, we know that one is in the offing – some €600 million at least talked about.
“I’m telling Leo Varadkar – you have got to provide in the immediacy for additional nurses to be employed, for additional bed capacity to be created, and for address of the intolerable conditions that apply across our accident and emergency units throughout the hospital network in this state.
“You’ve got to take action now. Long term promises are of absolutely no use in terms of the immediate problem that is growing by the day. Sinn Féin will be campaigning across the state this weekend for the government to galvanise and address this issue that they have been shamefully inactive on for so long.”
Note – venues where campaign is taking place across the state below.
Cavan: Friday, Cavan Town centre 2pm
Clare: Saturday, protest at the O'Connell monument in Ennis 11am
Cork City: Saturday. Protest Mercy Hospital 12 noon
Donegal: Saturday, street campaigning in Letterkenny, Ballybofey and Inisowen 12 noon
Dundalk: Friday, protest Town Centre 2:30pm
Galway City: Sunday. Protest at Eyre Square 1pm
Kerry: Friday, Protest at Kerry General Hospital 5:30pm
Kilkenny: Street stall outside Town Hall on Saturday from 11am
Limerick City: Saturday, street campaigning at the Milk Market and Bedford Row 11am
Offaly: Saturday: Protest at Tullamore Hospital 1-3pm
Tipperary Town: Street stall in main street with Seamie Morris on Saturday 12am.
Sandyford: Saturday, street campaigning, Balally Centre 11-12 noon
Dundrum: Saturday, street campaigning, Lidl shopping centre 11-12 noon
Mater Hospital: Saturday, protest 1pm
Blanchardstown: Saturday, protest, Shopping Centre, 1-2pm
Tallaght Hospital: Saturday, 1-2pm