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No excuses for Health Service that does not treat deceased with dignity and respect – O’Reilly

24 April, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD said this morning that reports of deceased patients being left on trolleys on a corridor outside a mortuary in Waterford Hospital are both desperately saddening and appalling. 

The Dublin Fingal TD called on the Minster for Health Simon Harris to apologise to the bereaved and to the staff forced to work in these conditions, explain how this was allowed to happen and what assurances he would make to guarantee that such a travesty will never occur again.   He must also outline his plans to deal with this and give concrete assurances that an appropriate facility will be built to replace the current facility that’s obviously not fit for purpose.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“I cannot imagine what this horrible scenario was like for the bereaved families of the deceased. To be even denied an open coffin funeral because a lack of capacity in the Health Service lead to this type of neglect is not something that should be tolerable in a developed country. 

“There can be no excuses for a Health Service that does not treat our deceased with dignity and respect. This is a travesty, no ifs or buts. I call on Minister Harris to apologise to all bereaved families affected, explain how this was allowed to happen, and make assurances that nothing like this macabre scene can ever happen again.” 

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