Numbers of patients on trolleys for May out of control - Louise O’Reilly TD
Sinn Fein Health Spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly has that the figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation on the number of patients on trolleys for May are shocking and a symptom of a health service that is completely out of control and lacking leadership from the Minister.
Speaking today Deputy O’Reilly said:
“The figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation on the number of patients on trolleys for May are shocking. That 8,154 patients languished on trolleys in hospitals around the state in completely unacceptable to the patients, to their families, to the hardworking staff in our hospitals, and to the people of the state.
“The trolley crisis, like the waiting list crisis, is a symptom of a health service with huge capacity issues and problems regarding the recruitment and retention of healthcare staff. It is also a symptom of a Government which lacks the appetite to address these fundamental problems and a Minister for Health devoid of leadership.
“Due to the legacy of the recruitment embargo and funding cuts thereafter, beds have been closed, staff have been lost, and the capacity of the health service is far too small. Currently, staffing shortages are leading to the closure of both acute and long-term beds closed in many hospitals.
“The number of patients on trolleys reinforces the extent of the crisis and highlights the failure of the Government’s recent nursing recruitment drive which aims to attract 100 nurses each month into the health service but is only currently managing to attract around 32 per month.
“I have said it on several occasions before and so have patients, advocacy groups, healthcare staff, and their Trade Unions - it is in all our interests to resolve the staff recruitment and retention issues in our health service. If this is not addressed then doubtless beds and services will continue to be curtailed and trolley numbers will continue to grow.”