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New INMO figures show 2758 people on Trolleys at Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore during 2015 – Cllr Carol Nolan

13 January, 2016 - by Carol Nolan

Local Sinn Féin councillor and General Election candidate Carol Nolan has hit out at the Government after new figures released today by the INMO show record levels of hospital  overcrowding in 2015.

Cllr Nolan’s comments coincide with the party’s publication of a Private Member’s Motion on Hospital Overcrowding due to be debated and voted on in Leinster House this week.

Cllr Nolan said:

“The figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation today show that a staggering 92,998 people were cared for on trolleys in hospitals across the state in 2015.

“In the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore show that 2758 people were cared for on trolleys, more than three times the number than when this Government took office.

“Not only has this Government failed spectacularly to deliver on its promise to end the trolley crisis during its term but the fact that the Taoiseach has refused to commit to ending it if re-elected is a slap in the face to the people in this area.

“Anyone who does not possess a clear and hardened resolve to end this crisis once and for all has no place in Government and in my view, our Government representative here in this county, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy must clearly and publicly distance herself from Enda Kenny’s stance on this issue.

“Unlike this Government, Sinn Féin has not washed its hands of this crisis – our Private Member’s motion published today and due to be debated this week, puts forward a number of measures aimed at tackling hospital overcrowding.

“The motion provides for an increase in hospital beds, the recruitment of front line staff, the provision of additional funding to the Fair Deal Scheme, the provision of extra nursing home beds, a commitment to increase home help and homecare packages and the establishment of an Emergency Department Taskforce on a permanent basis.

“There is a duty now on Deputy Corcoran Kennedy to choose whether she will take a stand in the best interests of her constituents and vote in favour of this motion or if she will meekly fall into line behind her party leader.

“Fine Gael and Labour have presided over complete chaos in our health system for long enough and the  people of this area deserve better.”

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