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Sticky plaster approach to Tallaght A&E won't solve problem

19 January, 2006

Dublin South West Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe has said the Táinaiste and Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney needs to wake up and called on her to release funding for the urgently needed medical admissions and assessment unit at Tallaght Hospital.

He said, “Tallaght Hospital is in urgent need of the promised acute medical assessment unit as highlighted yesterday by the news that between 40 and 50 patients a day are lying on trolleys and that one woman with a serious medical condition has been on a trolley for eight days now.

“The acute medical assessment unit was promised in the ten point plan back in November 2004 but, as yet, only half of the €3million required to build the unit has been approved. Minister Harney needs to wake up to the crisis in Tallaght A&E. Patients are suffering here in unacceptable conditions, this unit is urgently needed yet she is only willing to put up half of the money for it. And she is the one who proposed this unit in her ten point plan back in 2004.

“The idea of building prefabs to house patients while they wait to get into the hospital wards is just a sticky plaster approach and it only really solves half of the problem. Yes it will take people out of the A&E units and clear the hallways but, as there are no plans or finance available to staff the new temporary structure, it does nothing to solve the problem of sick and injured people lying around for days on end waiting for treatment.  

“The only proper solution to the problem is for the Minister to urgently make the funding available for the promised acute medical assessment unit.” ENDS

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