New Programme for Government recipe for more chaos in ED’s - Adams
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams questioned the Tánaiste during Leaders questions in the Dáil on the crisis in the health service and in particular our emergency departments. The Louth TD specifically raised the case of Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda which in the last 48 hours has had at least 49 patients on trolleys.
The Louth TD warned that; “the chaos in our emergency departments will not be resolved by the government’s ill-considered and underfunded two tier approach.”
Teachta Adams said:
“The delayed HSE report for January and February revealed that 2,700 patients aged over 75 years spent more than 24 hours on trolleys in emergency departments across the state.
Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda continues to be among the top three hospitals in the state with the worst trolley wait figures.
On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week 49 patients were on trolleys.
The HSE report also revealed in the first two months of this year that 8600 patients waited for over a day before being admitted to hospital.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation in its report on trolley figures recorded that in March there were 9,381 patients on trolleys.
This is an increase on last year and double the figure for March 2008.
Clearly government policy is fuelling the deteriorating conditions in our emergency departments despite the best efforts of a dedicated staff.
Hospital consultants have already criticised the new Programme for Government claiming that the proposals on tackling trolley waits are a “watered-down” plan and amount to “steps backwards rather than forwards.”. In a statement they warned that “the current minimalist Programme for Government is likely to see a further 1500-1750 members of the community die as a result of this inertia.”
The chaos in our emergency departments will not be resolved by the government’s ill-considered and underfunded two tier approach.”