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Government ten-point plan for A&E an "abject failure"

8 March, 2006

Sinn Féin leader in the Dáil, Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin TD has described the implementation of Tánaiste and Minister for Health’s ten-point plan for Accident and Emergency services as an "abject failure."  Deputy Ó Caoláin made his comments in the Dáil today during Order of Business after it was revealed that a record number of 455 people were treated on trolleys in hospitals across the state yesterday.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "The Irish Nurses Organisation’s (INO) Trolley Watch has reported that in December 2005 and January/February 2006 there have been, on average, over 300 patients on trolleys in Accident and Emergency units."

Calling for ordinary business in the Dáil to be adjourned so that the issue could be discussed Deputy Ó Caoláin said there was an urgent need to address the "abject failure of the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children’s so-called ten-point plan for Accident and Emergency given the record number of 455 peopleon trolleys in A&E units in our hospitals yesterday."

He went on to say that the Government needed “to fulfil its commitment to provide the additional acute hospital beds required as well as long-term care facilities and the development of improved primary care throughout the State, the absence of which is contributing to the A&E crisis."

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