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A health service in chaos, stop and fix it – O’Reilly

24 March, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that the Government must address the chaos in our hospital emergency wards.

Deputy O’Reilly made the comments on the back of a report from the INMO Trolley Watch campaign which saw upwards of 500 patients on trolleys this week.

Speaking in her constituency today, the Dublin Fingal TD called for solutions to the crisis, saying:

“The people currently lying on trolleys in our A&Es, their families, and loved ones don’t want any more hand wringing from Government and so-called opposition parties. They want someone to step up and fix the chaos in our health services.

“This week saw upwards of 500 people on trolleys in our hospital corridors.

“According to the latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, 53 people are waiting in Limerick University Hospital, with 23 people on trolleys and 30 patients in overflow wards.

“Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar has 33 people waiting, while there are 29 patients waiting for beds in South Tipperary General Hospital. Overall, there are 249 patients on hospital trolleys today with 114 in overflow wards.

“This trolley crisis is a symptom of a health system in chaos and a Minister who is out of his depth and unable to deal with it. This cannot be allowed to continue. We need to stop and fix it.

“The Government must, as a matter of urgency, establish an Emergency Department Taskforce on a permanent basis to deal with the crisis at hand. We must increase the number of hospital beds, nursing home beds, and home help hours. We must also invest in community services, the under-resourcing of which means that people end up in hospital when they could and should be cared for in the community.

“Above all, we need political will to end this crisis. We must recruit, reform, and invest in our health services as a matter of urgency.” 

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