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Tallaght A&E most overcrowded in State - Heart patient leaves hospital after failing to even secure trolley

8 March, 2006


Tallaght based Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe has said Tallaght Hospital's A&E Department is the most overcrowded in the State. Speaking in the Dáil today Deputy Crowe said a patient with a serious heart complaint waited over ten and a half hours on Monday night and left the hospital in an extremely distressed and unstable condition after there was no prospect of even getting a trolley bed.

Calling for an adjournment of normal business of the Dáil to discuss the ongoing crisis at Tallaght A&E he said, "The Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney must address the continuing crisis in Tallaght's A&E, the most overcrowded in the State, where on Monday night a patient with a serious heart complaint who was identified and marked 'urgent' waited over ten and a half hours and left the hospital in an extremely distressed and unstable condition after there was no prospect of even getting a trolley bed so that staff could monitor his deteriorating condition."

Speaking later Deputy Crowe said, "On a weekly basis now we seem to be hearing more and more distressing nightmare stories arising from the crisis at Tallaght A&E. I dread to think what needs to happen before the Minister takes appropriate action to solve this problem.

"Her proposals to build prefabs to house patients on trolleys will do nothing to solve the problem of sick and injured people lying around for days on end unless she provides proper funding to staff the ward, which she has not committed to do. 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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