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Clarity needed in crisis at Tallaght Hospital

2 February, 2005


Tallaght based Sinn Féin TD, Seán Crowe has called on the Minister for Health to provide some clarity in regard to the crisis at Tallaght Hospital after receiving confusing figures on numbers of patients left on trolleys and the length of time before these persons accessed wards in the hospital.

Deputy Crowe said "Before Christmas I asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of patients left on trolleys per day in Tallaght Hospital and the length of time before these persons accessed wards in the hospital.

"The figures I received from the Eastern Regional Health Authority seemed to conflict with figures in the media at the time. After checking the figures with the Irish Nursing Organisation I found that they don't add up.

"For example the Irish Nursing Organisation figures for the number of patients awaiting a bed in the period from Monday 11th October to Friday 15th October are as follows: Monday - 33, Tuesday - 28, Wednesday - 36, Thursday - 30, Friday - 24 while the Eastern Regional Health Authority figure for the week ending 17th October is just 7.

"These figures seem to create more questions than they answer.

"Aside from the difficulties and trauma that families have to go through with loved ones lying on trolleys the worrying message seems to be that we can't begin to resolve the problem until we learn the extent of the problem.

"I would call on the Minister to clarify these figures as a matter of urgency. " ENDS

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