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Harris clearly out of his depth as trolley waits escalate – Maurice Quinlivan TD

19 March, 2019 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin TD for Limerick Maurice Quinlivan has said the number of patients waiting on trolleys across the state is further evidence of the crisis in the health service and further evidence that the Health Minister Simon Harris is out of his depth.

This morning’s figures from the INMO show that there are a total of 557 patients on trolleys, with 76 patients on trolleys in University Hospital Limerick, the highest in the state.

There are also 41 patients on trolleys at Cork University Hospital and 34 in University Hospital Galway.

Limerick City TD, Deputy Quinlivan said:

“The trolley crisis has been continuously escalating under Simon Harris’s tenure as Minister for Health.

“Last year saw the number of patients on trolleys exceeding 100,000 – the first time since records began. This included 11,437 patients laying on trolleys in University Hospital Limerick. 

“Today’s figures are further proof that the government’s efforts to resolve this crisis have been absolutely farcical.

“Minister Harris has failed to deal with the issues that are causing this emergency. The minister is clearly out of his depth.

“Under his watch the Health Service has failed to recruit and retain staff, it has failed to reopen closed beds or provide adequate proper primary and community care to relieve the pressure on hospitals. 

“The government needs to work with unions to address the systemic problems in the health service and get patients off trolleys and into hospital beds.”

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