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Government has lost control when it comes to the trolley crisis - Louise O'Reilly TD

4 October, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly has accused the Government of losing control when it comes to the trolley crisis on foot of today’s Irish nurses and Midwives Organisation ‘Trolley Watch’ figures which showed that there were 516 people on trolleys throughout hospitals today.

Deputy O’Reilly said: 

“Today’s ‘Trolley Watch’ figures from the Irish nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) which show that there were 516 patients on trolleys in hospital throughout the state are serious cause for concern, especially as we head into the winter months. 

“Today’s figures show that, despite what this Government does and says, the situation as regards trolleys has only gotten worse and should be declared a national emergency before we head deep into the winter months. 

“There have been record numbers of people left on trolleys for the nine months of 2017 so far, this includes outrageously high numbers of patients left on trolleys throughout the summer months.

"Things show no signs of abating with estimates putting 2017 as the first year we will have had more than 100,000 people on trolleys. 

“Minister Harris has lost control of the trolley crisis and heading into winter this situation will not only get worse, but it will put many more lives at risk. 

“If the Government is serious about addressing the issues which create this crisis then he needs to tackle four main areas, recruitment and retention of staff, reopening closed beds, adequate step down facilities, and proper primary and community care.

“Each of these issues is interlinked and if unaddressed they will continue to contribute to the trolley crisis. 

“Minister Harris needs to acknowledge that this crisis is a national emergency and take a hands on role addressing the problems that are contributing to it.

"Winter is approaching fast and unless we see detailed plans and a radical change in response from this government we will see the figures continue to rise at this alarming rate."

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