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Ferris raises crisis at Kerry General Hospital in Dáil

15 November, 2005


Speaking in the Dáil this evening, after securing time under matters on the adjournment to discuss the ongoing crisis at Kerry General Hospital North Kerry Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris said the proposed new Accident and Emergency department "will be of little relevance unless there are more doctors, nurses and domestic staff."

Deputy Ferris said, "Kerry has a Government Minister yet Kerry is treated as second class and unequal as regards resources comparable to Cork. Kerry General Hospital has the same amount of medical staff as it had 20 years ago.

"Wards are cleaned for five and a half hours a day, six days a week and the Accident and Emergency Department is cleaned for just two and a half hours a day, six days a week. There is only a skeleton staff working on Sundays and the contract tender is currently proposing to cut the working hours while at the same time increasing the job description.

"There is no full time consultant cardiologist and the angiographer services have been withdrawn.

"All of this has led to an all-time low in the morale of the staff and only yesterday G.P.'s held a lunchtime protest to highlight their absolute frustration with the situation. Dr. Seán O'Rourke has gone so far as to threaten to resign.

"The proposed new Accident and Emergency department will be of little relevance unless there are more doctors, nurses and domestic staff and I am again calling on the Minister for Health, Mary Harney, to stop ignoring this situation."

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