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New INMO Figures show 2478 people on Trolleys at Sligo University Hospital in 2015 – MacManus

13 January, 2016

Sinn Féin General Election Candidate for the Sligo and South Donegal area, Chris MacManus, has today hit out at the Government after figures released from the INMO show record numbers of overcrowding in hospitals across the state in 2015.

Mr MacManus’ comments come as Sinn Féin has published a Private Member’s motion on hospital overcrowding to be debated and voted on this week in Leinster House.

The Sligo based candidate said:

“The figures released by the INMO today highlight the complete incompetence of this Government and are a shameful indictment of the policies of Fine Gael and Labour.

“The figures show record levels of overcrowding in hospitals across this state with 92,998 people cared for on trolleys in total during 2015 – the highest level of hospital overcrowding since the trolley watch campaign began in 2006.

“In Sligo University Hospital , 2478 people were cared for on trolleys in total during 2015 – the highest ever recorded.

“Not only has this Government failed spectacularly in its promise to end the trolley crisis during its term but the fact that Enda Kenny refuses to commit to ending it if re-elected is simply not good enough.

“Anyone who is not committed to ending this scandal once and for all is not fit to be in public office and, in my view, the local Government TDs and candidates must publicly distance themselves from these comments.

“Unlike this Government, Sinn Féin has a clear vision for the delivery of first rate health services and our Private Member’s motion sets out a number of proposals to tackle the crisis on our emergency departments: increase the number of hospital beds and provide for the recruitment of front line staff, increase annual funding to the Fair Deal Scheme, increase nursing home beds, commit to increasing home help hours and homecare packages and establish an Emergency Department Task Force on a permanent basis.

“This motion will force local Government TDs John Perry and Tony McLaughlin to make a clear choice – make a stand with the people of this area and vote to alleviate the pressure on our hospitals and patients or meekly fall into line behind your leader.

“Fine Gael and Labour, just like Fianna Fáíl and Labour before them, have presided over complete chaos in our health system and the people of Sligo and south Donegal deserve better.”

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