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Hundreds of sick children left on trolleys at Our Lady's Children's Hospital - Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

17 August, 2017 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South Central Aengus Ó Snodaigh has described , the significant increase in the number of children waiting on trolleys at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin as “unacceptable and a disgrace”

The information was received in a PQ reply from the Health Service Executive (HSE) he tabled which showed that from the 2nd of September 2013 to the 24th July 2017 the number of trolley waits recorded was 147, 502, 603, 949 and 666 respectively.

Teachta Ó Snodaigh said;

“There was a total number of 2,867 children who were placed on trolleys when seeking treatment at Our Lady’s Hospital A&E Unit from September 2013 to July of this year. This is a scandalous figure, particularly as the numbers rose consecutively with 2016’s total of 949 being the worse year recorded.

“However, this is likely to be surpassed in 2017 as of July there had been 666 children waiting on trolleys, meaning there is every possibility that by the years end well over a thousand children will have been left waiting on trolleys in the Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

“The fact that children are being mistreated in this way is nothing short of disgraceful and the situation at Our Lady’s is unacceptable. It represents a failure to invest in healthcare provision for children which has resulted in overstretched services and low morale amongst staff as they struggle against the odds to deliver a service that is fit for purpose.

“This is an incredibly damning state of affairs for a so called first world health system. My concerns have been echoed by the Irish Association of Emergency Medicine (IAEM) who have calculated that 300 to 350 patients die every year on trolleys across Ireland.

“But what makes this situation even more worrying is that according to a 2014 medical research paper Ireland had the third highest mortality rate for children under five in Western Europe. At 4.6 deaths per 1000 births, the rate was almost double that in Iceland, which was the lowest recorded at 2.4 deaths per 1,000 births.

“Sinn Féin’s Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly, TD, has put forward a number of proposals that would greatly improve the situation and on Wednesday she launched a health document outlining how to tackle the trolley crisis entitled 'Addressing Capacity: ending the chaos in accident and emergency'"

"Minister Harris needs to immediately address this disgraceful situation. This is not how a compassionate, first world health service should be run.”

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