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Seán Crowe joins protest by Irish Nurses Organisation at Tallaght Hospital

14 April, 2005

Dublin Southwest Sinn Féin TD, Seán Crowe is this afternoon joining the protest by the Irish Nurses Organisation at Tallaght Hospital. Speaking prior to the protest, Deputy Crowe said:

"On Tuesday evening I visited Tallaght Hospital to see first hand the state of the Accident and Emergency Department. What I found was very disheartening in a state of the art hospital. Sixty-two patients were on trolleys awaiting treatment while at the entrance to the A&E there were large numbers awaiting assessment. The following night there were 67 people on trolleys, which represents an all-time high. The situation has clearly got worse since Mary Harney took the position as Minister for Health and Children.

"The way to resolve this situation is to provide more beds to deal with the increasing number of patients and to recruit additional nurses to reduce the pressure on the existing staff.

"I want to congratulate the Irish Nurses Organisation for standing up and saying 'enough is enough'. Every day we here of the pressures nursing staff are under to cope with the poorly resourced and overcrowded facilities they work in. They deserve full public support. So I am calling on everybody, Sinn Féin members and the general public, to support the INO by joining and participating in these protests around the country for the rest of the month." ENDS

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