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New figures show no let-up in trolley crisis, urgent action needed – O’Reilly

12 April, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that figures released from the INMO today show that there has been no let-up in the trolley crisis in our Accident and Emergency departments and that urgent action is needed.

The INMO figures show that March 2017 has seen the highest ever figures for that month since 2006, with some 9,459 patients, admitted for in-patient care, finding themselves on trolleys this March.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“The figures published by the INMO today show clearly that there has been no let-up in the trolley crisis in our Accident and Emergency departments. Urgent action must be taken by the Minister for health to address this.

“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 leads to people ending up in hospital when they could and should be cared for in the community. 

“There is a lack of capacity in our health service which is manifesting itself in the figures published by the INMO today. This is not acceptable. 

“We cannot have Fine Gael and Government Ministers continuously distracted from dealing with this crisis by the leadership contest which may or may not start in the near future and which seems to be taking up more of their attention than the serious issue of escalating trolley numbers.” 

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