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Seven ambulances backed up outside Mayo University Hospital the latest episode in overcrowding crisis - Mary Lou McDonald TD

5 April, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has called for the expansion of the Emergency Department at Mayo University Hospital after reports of seven ambulances backed up last night waiting to admit patients.

Teachta McDonald is in Mayo today for a number of engagements with Senator Rose Conway Walsh and Midlands North West MEP Matt Carthy.

She said:

“In a week where we have already seen a Code Black in Cork University Hospital and a record number of patients on trolleys in University Hospital Limerick, we now hear of seven ambulances backed up outside Mayo University Hospital waiting to admit patients to Accident and Emergency.

“It is clear that the hospital overcrowding crisis is escalating beyond control.

“In Limerick we saw a ward with 17 beds locked with chains and a padlock while 81 patients were waiting on trolleys for a bed.

“In Mayo patients are still awaiting the much needed and promised expansion of the Accident and Emergency Department.  This needs to happen without any further delay.

“It is clear that the Government is entirely out of touch and the Minister for Health is out of his depth. They cannot get a handle on the overcrowding crisis.

“The health service is at breaking point. We have a crisis in capacity which warrants radical action immediately."


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