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Trolley crisis worsens while bed capacity review still in limbo – O’Reilly

16 November, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Responding to worsening Emergency Department statistics that show that 528 people are today awaiting admittance to a ward, Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that while the trolley crisis worsens, the Government’s much heralded bed capacity review has yet to have its terms of reference set.

Deputy O’Reilly said:

“It is very clear that Government inaction on the crisis in our emergency departments and acute hospitals is resulting in worsening trolley and overcrowding figures. Indeed, while this crisis worsens, the bed capacity review is still in limbo.

“We have heard much of the bed capacity review by the Government, particularly in the last month, yet in a parliamentary question to me yesterday, Minister Harris confirmed that the parameters and terms of reference for the review have yet to be determined. This is disgraceful.

“As ever, we see a Government fond of Ministerial announcements and plans, but short on action and results. As 528 people languish in overcrowded hospital departments, it is unacceptable that we have yet to even see terms of reference for a bed capacity review, never mind the review itself.

“The Minister for Health Simon Harris needs to come forward with the parameters and terms of reference of the review as a matter of priority, as well as a concrete timeline for its completion and its implementation plan for arising actions.” 

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