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Hospital chaos a consequence of government policy - McDonald

28 November, 2015 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Dublin Central TD, Mary Lou McDonald, has outlined the urgent need for action on the hospital and trolley crisis, demanding that Fine Gael and Labour take responsibility for the situation.

Speaking at the Mater Hospital as part of Sinn Féin’s weekend of action on trolley crisis, Deputy McDonald said:

“We have a crisis in our hospitals, not least here in the Mater in Dublin, where the hospital is short at least 100 nursing posts. The emergency department is under massive pressure, and we have a government and a minister for health for whom this seems to be acceptable.  For people who use the hospital services, this is not an acceptable position. 

“I notice Minister Varadkar is almost blaming the hospitals for the crisis - that’s not the case. We have this chaos in our hospital because of government policy. Their big idea of Universal Health Insurance has now been thrown in the bin. So now we’re left with a government with no plan, no clue, and it seems, no concern for the fact that people come to the hospitals and actually suffer, lying on trolleys.

“They need to take control of this situation and accept that their policies have consequences - consequences of which are felt by children who have had their appointments cancelled or elderly people who turn up at their emergency department and don’t know whether they’ll be offered the chair or the floor.  It’s uncivilised and it’s unacceptable.

“We need a sense of priority from the government and that has been sorely lacking. The government need to take action - they need to recruit, they need to invest and they need to do so as a matter of utmost urgency.”

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