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Chaotic Health policy impacts on Louth - Adams

12 January, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams has accused the government of “presiding over a chaotic health policy which is failing patients and putting lives at risk.”

Gerry Adams said:

“Decision after decision taken by this government has caused chaos to working families across the country. 

“Yesterday, there were 434 patients on hospital trolleys in emergency departments across the state. 42 of these were in Our Lady of Lourdes, in Drogheda which had the highest trolley numbers in the state.

“Today, there are 537 patients on trolleys. For the second day in a row, Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda, with 46 patients on trolleys, has the worst figures in the state. This represents a 35% increase on the same day last year.

“The INMO has revealed that there were 93,000 patients on trolleys in 2015. That is an increase of 21% in overcrowding and the highest figure since records were first kept.

“The trolley numbers for the first weeks of the new year are evidence that the government is failing to tackle this issue constructively.

“Our Lady of Lourdes Drogheda continues to carry a significant part of the burden of this.

In 2007, Enda Kenny promised to “end the scandal of patients on trolleys.” That promise was broken.

“Four years later in this Fine Gael’s five point plan, they promised to create a completely new health system; including bringing an end to trolley waits.

“Like so many other election promises by this government it wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on.”

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