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Crowe to raise conditions in Tallaght A&E when Dáil resumes

22 January, 2005

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South West Sean Crowe said he was appalled listening to patients and their families talking of their experience in Accident and Emergency in Tallaght Hospital and said he would be raising the matter with the Health Minister when the Dáil resumes next week. He was speaking following a visit to the hospital last night.

Deputy Crowe said:

"Last night, while visiting Tallaght Hospital I met with many patients and their families who told me at first hand their personal experience of Accident and Emergency. They spoke of their horror of lying for days on hospital trolleys and the shortage of basic amenities like pillows and water jugs. While patients and their families were full of praise for the hardworking staff, who are operating in intolerable conditions, they were very angry and frustrated at the bedlam, which was evident throughout the week.

"This situation is by no means unique to Tallaght. One day last week the Irish Nurses Organisation highlighted the fact that 422 patients were on trolleys in hospitals across the state.

"I am very angry at what is happening in our health service and the conditions being endured by staff and patients alike. I will be raising questions about these unacceptable conditions once again with the Health Minister when the Dáil resumes next week."ENDS

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