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Kathleen Funchion TD seeks meeting with HSE over conditions at St Luke’s Psychiatric Department

26 January, 2018 - by Kathleen Funchion TD

Sinn Féin TD for Carlow-Kilkenny Kathleen Funchion TD has called for immediate short term action to be taken to address the shocking state of our health care system.

Teachta Funchion said;

"This current Fine Gael Government propped up by Fianna Fáil is repeatedly referring to economic recovery as their success story, but they routinely ignore our crumbling health care system.

“If our economy is doing so well then there should be no issue with diverting critically needed funding into the health system.

“There are 34 patients in St Lukes Hospital, Kilkenny today and it is shocking that people are left in these conditions, with staff at breaking point due to dealing with insurmountable levels of chaos and crisis in our EDs and on our wards and sick people suffering unnecessarily.

“The Department of Psychiatry at St Luke's Hospital reported 'third world' conditions earlier this month, with makeshift beds and patients sleeping on mattresses on the floor and on couches as it was so overcrowded and there was nowhere for patients to go.

“This situation presents a danger to people from Carlow, Kilkenny and Tipperary availing, or trying to avail, of mental health services and in a vulnerable position being faced with remaining in such conditions and a huge wait to be seen.

“I have contacted the management of St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny to secure a meeting to discuss the situation in the Department of Psychiatry, which I hope will be soon.

“This presents various other concerns around patient safety as well as the safety of the staff that works on these wards and faces these conditions every single day.

“There has been no reduction in waiting times for any procedures – in fact the opposite has happened and these waiting lists continue to increase and are now extended to months or years which has a knock on effect for the lives and health of people waiting to be seen or for a procedure.

“The Minister for Health and his Department need to change this. Not in a few weeks, not or months, but now."


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