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New INMO figures show 1868 people on Trolleys at Mayo General Hospital in 2015 – Cllr Rose Conway Walsh

13 January, 2016 - by Rose Conway Walsh


Local Sinn Féin Councillor and General Election Candidate, Cllr Rose Conway Walsh has today hit out at the Government after figures released from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation today reveal that 2015 had the highest ever level of hospital overcrowding recorded across the state.

The Councillor’s comments coincide with the publication of the party’s Private Member’s Motion on hospital overcrowding, due to be debated in Leinster House this week.

Cllr Conway Walsh said:

“The figures released today by the INMO are a damning indictment of this Government – they show that in 2015, 92,998 people were cared for on trolleys in hospitals across the state.

“In Mayo General Hospital the figure stands at 1,868 patients, higher than the figure when this Government came into office.

“Not only has this Government failed spectacularly to deliver on its promise of ending the hospital trolley crisis during its term but the fact that Enda Kenny has refused to commit to ending the crisis if re-elected is truly a slap in the face to the people of this county.

“Anyone who is not fully committed to ending the overcrowding in our hospitals is simply not fit to be in Government let alone hold the office of Taoiseach.

“Unlike this Government, Sinn Féin has a clear vision for our health service and a plan to end the overcrowding in our hospitals.

“The Party’s Private Member’s Motion published today and to be debated and voted on in Leinster House this week sets out a number of proposals to alleviate hospital crowding – increase the number of hospital beds and provide for the recruitment of front line health staff, increase funding to the Fair Deal Scheme and the provision of nursing home beds, a commitment to increase home help hours and homecare packages and the establishment of an Emergency Department Taskforce on a permanent basis.

“In my view, this motion will require our local Government TDs, Deputy Mulherin and Minister Ring, to make a very clear choice. Will they take a stand on behalf of the people of Mayo and support the ending of hospital overcrowding or will they meekly toe the line behind their party leader?

“Fine Gael and Labour, just like Fianna Fáil before them, have presided over the complete chaos of our health system for far too long – the people of Mayo deserve better.”

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