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New figures show 16,026 people treated on trolleys at our local hospitals in 2015 - Louise O'Reilly

13 January, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin’s General Election Candidate for the Constituency of Dublin Fingal, Louise O'Reilly, has slammed the Government as figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation today show that over 16,000 people were treated on trolleys in local hospitals during 2015.

Ms O'Reilly’s comments coincide with her party’s publication of a Private Member’s motion on the crisis in our hospital emergency departments, which will be debated on and voted on in the Dáíl this week.

Ms O'Reilly said:

“The figures released by the INMO today are a damning indictment of this Government – they reveal that 92,998 people were cared for on hospital trolleys across this state in 2015 – the highest ever number recorded during the Trolley Watch Campaign, which began in 2006.  

Our Lady of Lourdes, Drogheda and Beaumont had a total of 16,026 people treated on trolleys and many of these people are from Fingal.  Before the last election James Reilly stood on a platform of health reform and committed to tackling the trolley crisis - he failed to deliver on that commitment.

“Not only has this Minister Reilly and this Government spectacularly failed to keep the promise to end the trolley crisis during its term of office but the Taoiseach has refused to commit to ending the crisis if re-elected.

“This is completely unacceptable – anyone who is not committed to ending this scandal once and for all is not fit to be elected to office.

“Unlike this Government, Sinn Féin will not wash its hands of the citizens left languishing on trolleys. My party has put forward a Private Member’s motion in an effort to ease the situation in our emergency departments.

“Our motion calls for the recruitment of front line staff, the provision of additional funding to the Fair Deal Scheme, the provision of additional nursing home beds, a significant increase to home help and homecare packages and the establishment of an Emergency Department Taskforce on a permanent basis.

“I am calling on the Fingal's Government candidates, Alan Farrell and James Reilly of Fine Gael and Brendan Ryan of Labour, to state publicly whether they share Enda Kenny’s lack of commitment to ending this crisis or if they are prepared to support the measures proposed by Sinn Féin to address it.

“Fine Gael and Labour have presided over chaos in our health system for long enough.  They have let the people of Fingal down, they have let frontline health workers down.  The people of Dublin Fingal deserve better.”

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