Waiting Lists at Tullamore Hospital have increased as nurses vote to strike- Cllr Carol Nolan
Local Sinn Féin Councillor and General Election Candidate Carol Nolan has today blasted the Government as members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action.
Cllr Nolan said:
“The fact that 92% of nurses balloted voted in favour of industrial action this morning shows clearly that our frontline health workers have reached the end of their tether.
“It is an absolute scandal that our nurses have been left with no other option but to engage in industrial action in order to have their concerns addressed by Fine Gael and Labour.
“The first ten months of the year have been the worst in terms of overcrowding of our hospitals since Trolley Watch began with 80,000 patients treated on hospital trolleys across the state. October 2015 was the worst ever recorded with almost 8,000 patients cared for on trolleys.
“In the Midlands Regional Hospital Tullamore, latest figures show that the outpatient waiting list has increased to a staggering 13,206 with almost 1,500 waiting for over 15 months on an appointment, while in the month of October 281 patients were treated on trolleys at the hospital. This is scandal.
“This Government must now take full responsibility for the outworkings of its policies which have led to this situation. It is chronic mismanagement and underinvestment that has brought us to this point.
“Minister Varadkar must engage positively and constructively with the INMO in order to avert a strike in Emergency Departments in the run up to Christmas.
“It is now crystal clear that investment in our public services is the only real solution to this crisis and the Government must commit to do so without delay – Sinn Féin has committed to the recruitment of 2,500 nurses over a five year period in Government with additional recruitment envisaged during second term.”