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Record trolley numbers expose Government failures – O’Reilly

3 January, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly said today’s record levels of patients on trolleys exposes the Government’s failure to tackle the crisis within the health service.

The Dublin Fingal TD said it was clear the government had no strategy for addressing overcrowding in hospitals.

“This morning there were more 600 people on trolleys or awaiting admission in our hospitals.  In March of 2006, when this issue was declared a national emergency, there were fewer than 500 people on trolleys. 

“It is clear that the government has no plan to deal with this escalating crisis and no strategy that will reassure overworked staff that this will not be another year of unacceptable overcrowding. 

“Figures obtained by my office in November show that some of our hospitals are using the Full Capacity Protocol for more than 80% of the time; they are in a constant state of crisis.  Far from being the exception, overcrowding is now the rule.

"Without investment in primary care and primary care staff we will keep seeing these unacceptably high trolley numbers and yet the HSE are not planning on hiring any additional staff for their 14 new primary care centres. 

“The Minister also promised a bed capacity review yet we have not even seen the terms of reference for this vital review. 

“It is clear that the Minister and the HSE are not serious about addressing the trolley crisis – this is utterly unacceptable and a bad start to the New Year for patients and health workers.”

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