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Sinn Féin launches document on ending A&E crisis - Louise O'Reilly TD

9 August, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking at the launch of Sinn Féin's health document, ‘Addressing Capacity: ending the chaos in accident and emergency’, Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has called for immediate action to tackle the ongoing crisis in Emergency Departments.  

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“This government, supported by Fianna Fáil, have presided over a worsening crisis in our health service.  We can see this in a number of areas but nowhere is it more evident than in the Emergency Departments of our hospitals.  

“Instead of listening to staff and investing in the public system they are continuing to outsource work and pump money into the private sector.

“In January of this year we saw the highest ever number recorded on trolleys – despite the assurances from the government that they are committed to tackling the crisis.  On top of this waiting lists are lengthening daily and the level of unmet need in our health service is increasing.  

“We need an intelligent, coherent and progressive plan to end this crisis. Sinn Féin is serious about addressing this crisis and we are committed to working with the government to implement policies that will address the ongoing issues.

“However, we are also conscious that this government needs to acknowledge the evidence that they have failed and that their policies are failing to address the crisis – only then can we begin the process of undoing the damage which has been done and working towards rectifying and improving the health service.

“This document represents some of Sinn Fein’s solutions to the crisis – we need to increase capacity and address the issues of recruitment and retention as a matter of urgency.  We do not need more reviews or reports; we need action and political will to address this crisis."

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