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Government’s New Year’s resolution should be no more patients left on trolleys – Denise Mitchell TD

16 January, 2018 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs, Denise Mitchell TD, has said the Government should make tackling the trolley crisis a key priority for the coming term.

Speaking in the Dáil on Tuesday night Dublin Bay North TD, Deputy Mitchell said:

“The public have been listening to these debates over and over again – and they’re sick to their back teeth of all talk and no action. Fine Gael have had seven years to get a handle on the health crisis, and instead it has continued to get worse.

“And now we are also seeing the disgraceful and upsetting situation of children left on trolleys.

 “The solutions have been rehearsed time and time and time again in here. We need to reopen closed beds, we need to recruit – and importantly retain – qualified staff.

"We also need adequate step-down facilities, transitional care beds and adequate primary and community care. This also means more home care hours so that patients who are in a position to move home can do that.

“It’s the time of year that many of us make New Year’s resolutions. So I would ask that perhaps part of this Government’s New Year’s resolution is that it will ensure patients will no longer be left waiting on trolleys and chairs in hospital corridors and emergency departments.”

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