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Current crisis in health care system is unacceptable

28 April, 2006


Speaking in the Dáil this week, on a Government A&E motion, Sinn Féin Dublin South West TD Seán Crowe said, "There are more people lying on trolleys in the accident and emergency department at Tallaght Hospital than there are in most other hospitals in the country." Deputy Crowe spoke of one patient he knows who had a heart complaint and, on the basis of his experiences in the hospital, said that, "he would rather die than go back into the hospital's A&E department."

He said, "There are more people lying on trolleys in the accident and emergency department at Tallaght Hospital than there are in most other hospitals in the country. I am aware of several horror stories from patients, and less than a month after I highlighted a case in which a person was eight days on a trolley, similar cases have since arisen. I also know of one man who said he would rather die than go back to the hospital's A&E department. This is unacceptable.

"I have visited people in the accident and emergency department of Tallaght hospital and I have seen first hand the chaos that the place is in. I must commend the staff at the hospital for working in such terrible conditions and under such pressure.

"The finger of blame is pointing fairly and squarely at the Táinaiste and Minister for Health Mary Harney and her Government for their incompetence in dealing with what has become a national crisis. She can no longer get away with the excuse that she is new in the job. Circumstances have unquestionably become progressively worse since she took over. She has made no positive impact on the crisis at Tallaght Hospital and has failed in her role." ENDS

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