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Brady raises numerous failings in Wicklow health service in the Dáil

16 January, 2018 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow/East Carlow, John Brady, has tonight highlighted a number of examples of failures in the health service in his constituency, which are shared with the Minister for Health Simon Harris.

Speaking during his party’s motion on the hospital trolley crisis, Teachta Brady told the story of two of his constituents who have recently felt the full brunt of the lack of health services available in the County.

Teachta Brady said:

“Minister, your Government closed the A&E in St Columcilles and you, and your then colleagues in Government, the Labour Party, failed the people of Wicklow by not increasing the capacity in St. Vincent's Hospital. This is something that I had forewarned.

“St Bridget’s Nursing Home in Crooksling has served the people of West Wicklow well, over many years. However, despite this your Government are railroading plans to close the 56 beds there, just like you did with the Orchard Welfare home in Bray and with Wicklow District Hospital.

"These are critical step down beds and when lost they will only add to the trolley crisis.

“Wicklow is only a microcosm of what is happening across the State. There are so many people crying out for medical attention and they simply cannot get it. You are failing these people.

“It is your governments’ slash and burn policies and the policies of your predecessors that have caused this crisis in our health service, and you have made it an annual occurrence.”

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