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Ní Riada calls for capacity issues to be addressed in Clare Health services

22 May, 2019 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has called for the serious overcrowding issues in Clare health services to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

Speaking in Clare this morning, where she was campaigning with local candidate Donna McGettigan, Ms Ní Riada said;

“The closure of the Emergency Departments in Ennis in 2009 was terrible decision by the Fianna Fáil government.

“The refusal of Fine Gael to invest in our public hospitals has compounded the situation with the awful overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick.

“It is absolutely crazy that ambulances responding to accidents in West Clare, under pressure to make the golden hour, rush past a closed A&E in Ennis to a chronically overcrowded Emergency Department in Limerick.

“At the time of the reconfiguration, the closures were justified as part of wider plan for deliver high quality and safe service closer to be patient's home.

“We were also told that the plan would ensure shorter waiting times and cut trolley figures.

“This has proven to be false in the most dramatic fashion.

“In the context of bad government policy, it is very clear that it is unsafe to keep the Emergency Departments at Ennis and Nenagh closed in the absence of the serious under capacity being addressed. It is putting lives in danger and threatening outcomes for patients

“It is also obvious that maintaining the closures is far more to do with cuts and saving money than it is to do with health services improving services.

“The people of Clare and the surrounding areas deserve much better. They deserve access to timely and quality healthcare. It is time to reverse the closure.” 

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