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Health service in critical condition as 598 patients languish on trolleys - Louise O'Reilly TD

24 September, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD, has said the health service is in a worse condition now than when Fine Gael took charge in 2011, and that the service is totally unprepared for the winter months.

Speaking this afternoon Teachta O’Reilly said:

“In many ways, after eight years of Fine Gael government the health service is in a worse state than when they took charge.

“Trolley data from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has shown that 598 patients are languishing on trolleys in hospitals throughout the State.

“An astonishing eighty of these people are stuck on trolleys at University Hospital Limerick - nearly enough people to fill two hospital wards.

"Cork, Waterford, and Letterkenny are also affected by staggering numbers on trolleys.

“The current situation across the health service is abysmal. There is a recruitment ban in place despite a staffing crisis across nearly all profession. Waiting lists are growing month on month.

"Trolley numbers are at their highest ever level. Home help hours are being frozen and cut. And disability services are under attack from the slashing of the HSE.

“The net result of this is that the health service is totally unprepared for the winter ahead. All throughout the summer the number of patients on trolleys has been higher than in previous years, and now the situation has dramatically escalated.

“If serious changes are not forthcoming then the health service could very well collapse under the sheer weight of mismanagement and incompetence from the Minister and the HSE this winter."

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