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Beaumont crisis shows need for new policy in healthcare - Mac Donncha

6 January, 2016 - by Mícheál Mac Donncha

The latest overcrowding crisis in the emergency department in Beaumont Hospital highlights the need for a radical new policy in healthcare, according to Sinn Féin Cllr Mícheál Mac Donncha who represents the Beaumont/Donaghmede area and is a candidate in Dublin Bay North in the General Election. 

Speaking as the hospital asked people to stay away for the second time in a number of days, Cllr Mac Donncha said radical action is required.

 "We are hearing more horror stories from Beaumont. More staff must be hired and additional beds must be funded in the short term to end the scandalous overcrowding and long waits on trolleys and chairs in the Emergency Department", he stated. 

Cllr Mac Donncha, a candidate in the forthcoming General Election in Dublin Bay North, formerly worked as Parliamentary Assistant to Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD. He helped to produce the party's recently published policy 'Better for Health'. Cllr Mac Donncha said: 

"We can't keep going from crisis to crisis in Beaumont and throughout our health system. We need to start by hiring the nurses and doctors and providing the extra beds required. And we need to reform our healthcare system to ensure equitable delivery of healthcare for all based on medical need, not on income.

"Sinn Féin's policy Better for Health would begin by hiring 6,000 extra frontline staff, including nurses, midwives and consultants, across our public health system."

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