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Minister for Health needs to take urgent action at Our Lady of Lourdes – Adams

24 May, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and TD for Louth/East Meath Gerry Adams has this morning called for the Minister for Health to take urgent action to ensure the 104 whole-time equivalent posts in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital are filled in light of the indefinite work-to-rule announced by nursing staff today.

Teachta Adams said:

“I want to pay tribute and extend my solidarity to the staff of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda who do an incredible job treating patients in the most difficult of circumstances.  The fact that the hospital is operating with 104 less staff than it should is nothing short of a scandal.

“Our Lady of Lourdes has consistently been amongst the three hospitals in the State with the highest emergency department trolley figures, and yesterday had the highest with 26 patients waiting on trolleys for a bed.

“The chaos in our hospital emergency departments will not be resolved by the Government’s ill-considered and underfunded two-tier approach, agreed with Fianna Fáil during Government negotiations, and the introduction last week of a recruitment moratorium at hospital groups is only going to worsen the situation.

“What we need is real investment in public healthcare and the required staffing levels in hospitals to be met. My colleague Teachta Imelda Munster and I have submitted a request for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the matter in the Dáil this evening and it is our view that he must take urgent action to resolve issues at Our Lady of Lourdes.”

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