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Morgan to demand Harney’s resignation in the Dáil

13 February, 2007

Louth Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan is to demand Health Minister Mary Harney's resignation in the Dáil following revelations of atrocious hospital conditions in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. Deputy Morgan accused the Minister of having accomplished the impossible in 'making a greater shambles out of the health system than we had previously believed possible' and said it was 'time for her to go'. He was speaking after joining a protest in support of Monaghan General Hospital outside the Dáil.

The Louth TD said: "According to a report presented to the Health Service Executive, a quarter of all medical admissions to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda are spending their entire stay in the A&E.

"They are denied routine needs such as food, water and washing facilities. Most damningly, the report concludes that 'Large numbers of patients are managed in a site not fit for the purpose by persons not trained for this purpose. It is a testament to staff that no fatalities have resulted to date with medical patients.' The very same staff, it must be pointed out, who have voted in massive numbers for industrial action.

"The people of Louth, and the wider north-east served by Drogheda and Dundalk hospitals, have been neglected in a most contemptuous fashion by a Minister who is presiding over ever-increasing levels of confusion and chaos in the health service. I joined protestors today from Monaghan Hospital outside Leinster House who have come down again, as they have many times, in order to save their hospital and demand the restoration of services removed from it.

"Her only solution, privatisation. Put public money in the hands of private developers and maybe the PDs can add them to the list of 400 names to whom they are sending begging letters for the coming election.

"Privatisation of our health service is a policy doomed to failure from a Minister doomed to a place in the history books as having accomplished the impossible, making a greater shambles out of the health system than we had previously believed possible.

"It is time for her to go now and not wait for the people of Dublin Mid West to send her home."


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