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Crisis in the health service is becoming the norm – Kenny

19 February, 2019 - by Martin Kenny TD

Speaking in Leinster House today, Sinn Féin TD for Sligo, Leitrim, North Roscommon and South Donegal Martin Kenny said that the crisis in the health service is becoming the norm.

Deputy Kenny said:

“We are hearing of one crisis after another, but the reality is that crisis in the health service is becoming the norm.

“We have our own problems here in this constituency, with the lack of a Cath Lab in Sligo and woeful conditions for the treatment of diabetes patients, but we also suffer from the national problems of waiting lists, staff shortages, and a creaking infrastructure.

“We have our nurses and midwives striking for decent wages and adequate staffing levels. We have doctors protesting outside the Dáil because of failure to invest in primary care. The waiting lists have reached record levels and the trolley crisis has become so normal now that it doesn’t even make the headlines anymore. Only half the beds promised in the HSE’s winter plan have been delivered. 

“Then, we have the shambles of the National Children’s Hospital and who knows how many urgent projects which must be postponed to pay for its astronomical cost overrun? 

“It is all happening under a Taoiseach who has said he has confidence in a Minister for Health who is not up to the job. The Minister has to go and, for the sake of the citizens of this state, this government has to go too.

“It seems that Fianna Fáil are so scared of an election that they will prop up this government no matter what crisis or series of crises happen under its watch.” 

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