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Cullinane and O’Reilly launch document on investment needs at University Hospital Waterford

27 September, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD, Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Fein Spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform and Waterford based TD David Cullinane was joined today by the party's Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD in launching a comprehensive document on the need to invest in University Hospital Waterford

Speaking at the launch, Deputy Cullinane said:

“Since 2009, we have seen a serious lack of spend and investment at University Hospital Waterford. While demand is on the increase, capacity has been in sharp decline. 

“The number of hospital cancellations has doubled, the number of patients on trollies has increased by 65%, spend on agency staff has trebled and the number of patients outsourced has increased by 100%. All of this points to a hospital in decline, struggling to meet patient need.

“In 2015, the number of outpatient hospital cancellations was 8,568 compared to 4,490 in 2013. The number of those lying on hospital trollies up until early September for this year was 2,122, compared to 1,187 for the previous year. The number of patients outsourced has soared from 3,085 in 2013 to 6,203 in 2015. 

“Meanwhile, operational and capital funding is less than it was in 2008 and agency spend has rocketed. This indicates a serious lack of capacity and an increase in patient wait times.” 

Also speaking at the launch, Deputy O’Reilly said:

“What is happening in Waterford is not happening in isolation. Our public health services are being starved of resources. When we talk about capacity, we are talking about people. 

“Sinn Fein has a plan to reorganise and invest in our health services. We are committed to increasing investment in health care by €3.3b over the next five years and introduce an integrated waiting list system. We are about investment and not cuts and privatisation.” 

Note: Please see attached the document in question 

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