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Critical staff shortages in Mater Hospital unacceptable- Mary Lou McDonald TD

2 February, 2016 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Central Mary Lou McDonald has said that staffing levels at the Mater Hospital need to be looked at urgently.

Speaking today Deputy McDonald said:

“I am appalled to learn that the Mater hospital is operating at a staff shortage of 114 vacancies. 

The bulk of these come from the critical area of nursing with 93 in that department.

With 20 patients on trolleys in the hospital yesterday and with 481 citizens on trolleys in January, this is simply not acceptable.

The government has no health policy. The roll back on universal health insurance, followed by another u-turn on free GP care demonstrates the government’s failure to implement any sort of coherent strategy for our heath service.

She further added,

“It is quite clear patients in our hospitals and their families cannot endure five more years of failed health policy.

Fine Gael and Labour have made our hospitals, especially emergency departments, a deeply unattractive place to work because of their unwillingness to invest sufficiently in our Health Service.

Sinn Féin has a fully costed and comprehensive health policy.

If elected to government we will recruit 6,600 additional frontline health workers including nurses, midwives and consultants.”

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