Cancellation of surgeries endemic of perpetual hospital crisis
Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly has responded to news that overcrowding at University Hospital Galway has resulted in the cancellation of a number of elective surgeries.
Deputy O’Reilly said:
“The sad reality of this, coupled with revelations earlier this week about neurosurgery in Beaumont hospital, is that this is endemic of perpetual hospital crisis. Patients’ health is being severely undermined by historic under investment in our Public Health Service, which has crippled the ability to ensure people are seen and treated in a timely fashion.
“We cannot lose sight of the fact that many of those whose procedures are cancelled are waiting in pain which is compounded by the pressure of not knowing when they will be treated.
“We are facing problems today that are usually endemic in the depths of winter. The health system is blatantly under prepared for another looming crisis, and we have yet to see any real concrete proposals to address this.
“Sinn Féin has been consistent in saying that the solution to this crisis in public health care is investment in the public system. The real solution to the crisis lies in recruitment and retention of staff, and the reopening of beds closed in our hospitals by successive Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael governments alongside a funded and functioning primacy care service.
“We have a HSE service plan that lacks ambition coupled with an appalling lack of capacity in our health service currently, brought about by years of cutbacks and underinvestment. Our Government is content to rely on the private sector while ignoring the real need for investment in our Public Health Service. This is not acceptable.
“Sinn Fein will be proposing significant investment in making available hospital beds, staffing and ancillary services in our budget submission. We have already proposed to Minister Harris a single integrated waiting list system, which he has yet to set a meeting date to discuss, and we are very keen to ensure that this issue in Galway is resolved, and not replicated in the future.”