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‘Status Black’ escalation in Cork Hospital shows scale of capacity crisis in health service – McDonald

2 April, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has called on the government to take radical action to address the capacity crisis in our hospitals.

Teachta McDonald addressed the Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, in the Dáil at Leaders’ Questions and raised with him the ‘Status Black’ escalation in Cork University Hospital last night.

The Dublin Central TD said:

“The Status Black escalation last night in University Hospital Cork shows the scale of the crisis facing our hospitals. We have a capacity crisis and the government needs to take radical action to address it.

“Last night in Cork, the patients attending the Emergency Department faced extreme delays of up to twelve hours, with services reaching breaking point. Crucially, the Status Black escalation means that the hospital is at maximum capacity and deemed unsafe to admit further patients.

“Services are at breaking point across the health system. Hospital waiting lists continue to grow. One in seven consultant posts is vacant. Nurses and midwives had to engage in industrial action. Last night, up to eight ambulances were lined up outside the A&E in Cork with one waiting more than four hours.

“The scale of the crisis in our hospitals is off the charts and demands radical action. We need to know what is to happen in CUH in the first instance given the escalation in the last twenty four hours. More generally, the government must implement a plan to respond to the capacity crisis in a manner that actually gets to the root of the problems and addresses them sooner rather than later.” 

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