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Patient Safety Compromised by Department of Health mismanagement- Mayor Holland

11 January, 2016 - by Sarah Holland

Mayor of South County Dublin, Cllr Sarah Holland has congratulated The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation for raising the issue of patient safety and keeping it in the public consciousness.

Talks were ongoing in the hope of calling off this Thursdays planned industrial action.

Cllr Holland said

“Tallaght hospital was given a multi-million euro refurbishment last year, with significant upgrades in the emergency department.

These were much needed.

However, the hospital do not have enough staff to man the new rapid assessment triage unit or the eight bed unit.

There were 51 patients left on trolleys in the first 2 weeks of this month, which is 51 too many.

These issues were raised by a whistleblower, who was allegedly told by the Minister for Health that his public complaints would cause reputational damage to the hospital.

This is nonsense.

What is causing reputational damage to our health care system is gross mis-management over years, from the top down.”

Cllr Holland went on to say:

“The INMO has my full support. It has raised important issues, which should not be swept under the carpet.

The health of our citizens is not something which can be sidelined.

Significant work should have been done by the Fine Gael/Labour Government to avoid the current trolley and staffing crises, but they have dropped the ball.

Something needs to give, and it cannot be our patients or our public health staff.”

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