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Trolley crisis a symptom of health service in chaos – Adams

4 January, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said this week’s record levels of patients waiting on hospital trolleys is a direct result of mismanagement of the health service and has said ‘the current trolley crisis is a symptom of a health service in chaos’.

 Teachta Adams said:

 “Yesterday morning there were 612 citizens waiting on hospital trolleys, or for admission to our hospitals. This morning there were a shocking 602 citizens in the same situation. It is utterly unacceptable and beyond crisis point.

 “All the while, the Minister for Health Simon Harris has persisted with peddling the line that the situation could not have been predicted. Such a proposition is nonsense. It has been clear for months now that this winter was going to see the health service at crisis point.

 “I told the Taoiseach as much in October when he and his Ministers made grandiose claims about an increase in the budget for the health service - pronouncements that were deceptive and grossly exaggerated.

 “The bulk of the increase in health funding has been required simply to stand-still in a service that is already underfunded and will have no impact on waiting lists, the trolley crisis or adequately resourcing vital services.

 “It is abundantly 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, and most importantly, they have no plan to reassure citizens that they will be treated safety in our hospitals.

 “Without proper investment in health and fundamental commitment to the public health service, the current trolley crisis, as a symptom of a health service in chaos, will continue.” 

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