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Sinn Féin put forward PMB to address trolley and overcrowding crisis - Louise O'Reilly TD

16 January, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin will put forward a Private Members Business (PMB) motion to be debated in the Dáil this evening on the trolley and overcrowding crisis in our Emergency Department and hospitals.

Speaking about the motion, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly said:

 “This substantive motion aims to keep the issue of the trolley and overcrowding crisis in our health service front, square, and centre of politics and put the issue and solutions to the crisis to the Government and to the Dáil.

“The motion seeks to outline the issues as identified by staff in the health service and patients who have went through the service while proposing achievable solutions to this crisis in the short term.

“We cannot shy away from vigorously holding the Government to account for this scandal, and we will continue to do so.

"However, it is also our responsibility to propose solutions – and that is what this PMB has seeks to do.

“The solutions which the PMB calls for are achievable if there is sufficient political will from the Government.

“The solutions range from ensuring the Emergency Department Taskforce works on a permanent basis monitoring the situation nationwide and reports on problems to be proactively tackled to increasing investment for transitional care beds, adequate step-down facilities, home care packages, and home help hours to ensure that all patients who can be moved home or to a more appropriate care setting are.

“Most importantly it calls for two key issues to be addressed. Firstly, to tackle the issue of capacity in our hospitals we need to start reopening all hospital beds closed during the austerity years.

“Secondly, in order to address the recruitment and retention crisis across all grades in the health service, the underlying difficulties causing this crisis have to be tackled. 

"These issues are working conditions, facilities, supports, training opportunities, promotion opportunities, and pay.

“In order to achieve this, the Government need to establish a commission on pay in the health service for medical professionals and healthcare workers.

“While these measures and many more called for in the PMB are to stabilise the trolley crisis in the short term, we also need to move to addressing systematic problems in the long term.

“I believe that this can be done if we have the political will to fully implement of all the recommendations in the Sláintecare report.

“That is why the final point of the PMB calls for agreement to the full implementation of Sláintecare.

“I hope that this PMB and its practical and workable solutions will have the support of the Dáil."

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