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Ferris raises ongoing crisis in Kerry A & E

26 April, 2006

North Kerry Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris this afternoon raised his concerns over the ongoing crisis in the Accident and Emergency Department at Kerry General Hospital. Deputy Ferris was speaking in support of a Sinn Féin amendment to a Government motion which the party believes is glossing over the serious problems in the sector.

In part of his contribution, Deputy Ferris said:  “At her party conference in Limerick Minister Harney and her colleagues were fond of quoting figures to prove how beneficial they had been to the country over their years in Government.

“One statistic conspicuously absent from any of the self-congratulatory speeches was the one found on the Irish Nurse Organisation website showing the numbers of people each day on trolleys in the hospitals under the Minister’s responsibility.

“Yesterday 331 patients spent the day, and no doubt for many of them it was not their first day, on a trolley because there were no beds available. In Kerry General Hospital 10 people were on trolleys.

“Coincidentally that is the same number as were on trolleys in the hospital the day after I was thrown out of this House on November 8 for raising conditions in the Accident and Emergency unit. Obviously little has been done in the succeeding six months to improve the situation.” ENDS

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