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Over 4,000 patients on trolleys for month of December- Lynn Boylan MEP

27 December, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan has said that the government’s “chaotic” and “bungled” approach to healthcare is evidenced in the latest INMO Trolley Watch figures for December, which indicate that there were 4, 175 citizens languishing on trolleys across the state.

Ms. Boylan said:

“This figure is unacceptable by any standard.

“In Dublin alone for December so far, there were 1,318 patients on trolleys.

“These figures provided by the INMO highlight the impact on the sick and vulnerable of decades of government failure in relation to healthcare.

“The figures above for this December are more or less on par with figures from previous years.

“So despite numerous Fine Gael electoral pledges to end the scandal of patients on trolleys, it is clear that they are nothing more than just that, electoral promises. The truth is that this Government's health policy is patients on trolleys.

“Undoubtedly Fine Gael-Labour will make more promises as the election looms and it is up to the electorate to remember the pledges broken in the past.

“The source of the trolley crisis in emergency departments is partly due to inefficiencies within the system, for example not all hospitals discharge seven days a week.

“However, it is directly due to lack of capacity of staff and beds; exit packages, including home help hours and home care packages; nursing home beds; and so on.

“Sinn Féin proposes to tackle the problem by increasing frontline staff, including consultants, nurses, midwives, dentists and allied health professionals.

“We need to increase capacity after years of staff cutbacks and bed shortages.

“Sinn Féin is the only party with a costed vision and plan for the health service; it is time to end the two tier system of unequal access to healthcare.”

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