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Adams slams trolley wait numbers

10 December, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has accused the government of “presiding over a chaotic health service and of undermining health provision in Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda” and the HSE of being disingenuous with the numbers of patients on trolleys.

The Sinn Féin leader said that the “government needs to make meaningful commitments to the INMO to prevent next weeks planned nurses strike.”

Gerry Adams said:

“This morning the Director of Human Resources at the HSE told RTE that there were 240 patients on trolleys across the state. The INMO figure, which is the touchstone number on this issue, puts the real figure at 376.

“The INMO has revealed that there was a 4% increase in November with 7407 admitted patients on trolleys or on already full wards. The total figure for the 11 months up to the end of November shows a 24% increase over last year with almost 87,000 admitted patients on trolleys.

“On these figures 2015 will the worst year ever for patients on trolleys and Our Lady of Lourdes is carrying a significant part of the burden of this.

“Today (Thursday) Our Lady of Lourdes hospital has 28 patients on trolleys. It has the third highest number of trolley waits of the 29 Emergency Departments in the state.

“In 2007 Enda Kenny pledged to “end the scandal of patients on trolleys.” It didn’t happen. In 2011 in its five point plan the government promised to create a completely new health system; eliminate long waiting lists; to end trolley waits, and to bring in a universal health insurance scheme - Fair Care.

“None of this has happened. On the contrary the situation is worse.

“There are increased numbers of citizens; many of them elderly, on trolleys; there are delayed discharges, a lack of home care packages, and a lack of nursing home beds. 

“The truth is that the government has no plan, no solutions and now it doesn’t even have the pretence of a policy on Health. This government is responsible for a health service in complete chaos.

“Next week Sinn Féin will be publishing its comprehensive policy proposals to build a Universal Healthcare based on health needs, not on wealth, paid for by direct taxation and free at the point of delivery. This is the only fair and viable model which can for citizens a truly public health service.”

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