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714 patients waiting on hospital trolleys ‘a new low’ for Government – Pearse Doherty TD

12 March, 2018 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Speaking amid reports that the number of patients on trolleys has reached 714 patients, the highest on record, Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said this marks ‘a new low’ for the Government.

Deputy Doherty said;

“The latest figures from the INMO showing 714 patients waiting on hospital trolleys are a new low for this Government and their ongoing failure to deal with the trolley crisis head on.

“Over the past three months the number of people on trolleys has steadily increased and shows no signs of decreasing. We cannot allow this to become normalised.

“One patient waiting on a trolley for treatment is one too many.

“Anybody in the Government who feels this is not an emergency issue reaching breaking point does not grasp the reality of the crisis in our emergency services.

“This crisis can be addressed with the political will to fully implement all of the recommendations in the Sláintecare report. This will go a long way in addressing the systematic problems facing hospitals.

“This must be the political priority for Minister Simon Harris over any St. Patrick’s Day travel arrangements the Minister may have.

“Finally, I urge Minister Harris to implement the recommendations of our Sinn Féin Private Members Business motion, passed unanimously by the Dáil in January that would tackle and stabilise the trolley crisis.

“The motion sought to ensure 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.

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

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