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Minister urged to act, not ignore, crisis at Our Lady of Lourdes - Munster

1 September, 2016 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has once again raised the issue of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital (OLOL), Drogheda, being at crisis point. saying that it is continuously overrun with patients admitted to a hospital where there are no beds. 

Once again in the month of  August OLOL was top of the list for the highest number of patients on trolleys across all hospitals throughout the state.

Deputy Munster has written to the Minister for Health urging him to address the problem and not to ignore it or compound the crisis further as the previous Minister had. 

Munster stated it was blatantly obvious that capacity issues such as the large catchment area and an ageing population , along with delayed discharges caused by the lack of step down and respite beds plus the lack of home care packages available for people who are medically fit to be discharged but have no supports or respite put in place. 

The Minister was also reminded that the downgrading and removal of services from the Louth County Hospital in Dundalk and the removal of respite beds and long stay beds in the Cottage Hospital played a huge part in contributing to the crisis and that the previous Minister and government had been warned that this would be the result of their cuts and downgrading of our public health service. Insufficient nursing staff levels were also leaving the situation very serious and unsafe for both patients and staff alike. 

Deputy Imelda Munster requested a meeting with the Minister to discuss the crisis in OLOL and to discuss what plan he has to tackle this unacceptable situation.

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