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Crisis situation in Cork University Hospital a result of Government policy - Cllr Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

21 January, 2016 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Sinn Féin General Election Candidate Councillor Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has expressed his alarm at the decision of Management of Cork University Hospital (CUH) to cancel all non-urgent elective surgeries.

According to Cllr Ó Laoghaire, this is a direct result of Government policies.

He said:

"This is primarily a question of resources.While the management of the system is not irrelevant, fundamentally our frontline staff cannot produce miracles, they are clearly stretched beyond their abilities. This is clearly what has happened here in Cork today, there are too many patients to be seen and too few nurses and other medical professionals.

"We have seen in CUH and other hospitals the trolley count constantly mount up. There are 32 people on trolleys in CUH this morning. Leaving aside the many people who have yet to get beyond the waiting room. This news will cause massive concern among the public, that they can expect to be kept on a trolley or to wait inordinate lengths of time the next time they are ill or injured. Indeed it is also frustrating for those who had elective surgeries today, many of whom were likely waiting months as it was.

"The embargo has proved to be a blunt instrument, and the cost of taking on agency nurses, instead of taking on Nurses on proper conditions, full time, has proven to be an absolute folly.

"The Government is making no real commitment to invest in the Health System if re-elected, and has shown no real commitment to taking on additional staff, and is instead focused on tax cuts for higher earners.

"Sinn Féin is committed to investing €3.3bn in our Healthcare System, and taking on 6,600 additional frontline staff in Government, and we would work on bringing on more Nurses, Consultants and Midwives, and open up more wards and more beds.

"The philosophy underpinning the Government's Health policies is entirely wrong. There is fundamental inequality in how patients are treated. The ongoing crisis in hospital emergency departments denies our citizens their right to timely access to healthcare with dignity."

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