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Dáil adjournment unacceptable as University Hospital Waterford sees 150% increase in number of patients lying on trolleys - David Cullinane TD

14 March, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin Waterford TD David Cullinane has called for the Dáil to recalled so that Health Minister Leo Varadkar can address the fact that University Hospital Waterford has experienced a 150% increase in the number of patients lying on trolleys in the first six weeks of 2016 (706) when compared with the figure for the same period last year (282).

Deputy Cullinane stated that Minister Varadkar must immediately make himself available to the Dáil to outline how he plans to tackle the ongoing chaos in our hospitals.

He said;

"It is absolutely ridiculous that those responsible for the crisis in our hospitals are able to hide away in their offices while the number of patients lying on trolleys at University Hospital Waterford continues to increase a frightening rate. The election has finished but the chaos delivered by Fine Gael and Labour Party health policy is far from over.

"I am demanding that the new Dáil sits as a matter of urgency in order to address the ongoing crisis in the health service. Minister Varadkar must come into the chamber and tell people what he is going to do about this dire situation.

"The numbers of patients currently languishing on hospital trollies at UHW is completely unacceptable and avoidable. This is why Sinn Fein prioritised investment in public services as opposed to tax cuts for the top 14% as promoted by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.

"We need to massively increase capacity at University Hospital Waterford. We are staggering from one crisis to the next from increased waiting times to see a consultant, a cancellation of routine X-rays and more patients lying on trolleys. Fine Gael have no plan and no vision for our health system and neither do Fianna Fáil.

"It is scandalous that the Minister for Health is not even making himself available to the Dail. All parties have a responsibility to deal with these issues and deal with them urgently."

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