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Patients being treated like 'second-class' citizens - Adams

2 December, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said in the Dáil during Leaders Questions today that the Government is responsible for a health service in complete chaos and that patients are being treated like 'second-class' citizens.

Deputy Adams said this afternoon:

“I spoke this morning with Daniel Long, the father of Orlaith - a six-week old baby girl who was forced to wait 11 hours in A&E for a bed at Cork University Hospital and also with Denise Tuohy, who spent four days on a trolley in A&E in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

“Their cases are just two examples of how this Government, led by Fine Gael, has failed to adequately resource our hospitals because it doesn't believe in universal public healthcare.

“Denise said the nurses are fabulous, but the system is letting patients down. She’s right.

“The unfairness with which citizens like Orlaith and Denise have been treated is no longer unusual on the watch of the Taoiseach. It’s the norm.

“This Government is responsible for a health service in complete chaos.

“The A&E overcrowding problem is getting worse and patients, including Denise and a little baby like Orlaith are being treated like second class citizens in the Taoiseach’s two tier health system”.

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