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Brain surgery crisis at Beaumont Hospital just one symptom of broken system – O’ Reilly

6 September, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Responding to the news that patients requiring brain surgery are being turned away from the neurosurgical centre at Beaumont hospital because of a lack of beds and theatre access, Sinn Fein health spokesperson Louise O'Reilly said

“The sad reality of today's revelations is that this is the rule in our health service, not the exception. Patients health is being severely undermined by historic underinvestment in our Public Health Service, which has crippled the ability to ensure people are seen and treated in a timely fashion.

“Sinn Féin has been consistent in saying that the solution to this crisis in public health care is investment in the public system. The real solution to the crisis lies in recruitment and retention of staff, and the reopening of beds closed in our hospitals by successive Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael governments.

“We have a HSE service plan that lacks ambition coupled with an appalling lack of capacity in our health service currently, brought about by years of cutbacks and underinvestment. Our Government are content to rely on the private sector while ignoring the real need for investment in our Public Health Service. This is not acceptable.

“The revelations about brain surgery in Beaumont from last week is only one symptom of a broken system, that is replicated right across our services.

“At the same time that there are no beds for these patients, the fact remains that many patients urgently requiring neuro-rehabilitation services are waiting in a hospital bed, simply because the rehabilitation services and teams are not in place. These patients are waiting up to two years for rehab and as a result this places unnecessary pressures on acute hospitals.

“Earlier this year I raised this on the floor of the Dáil and as yet there has been no plan published for the implementation of the neuro-rehabilitation strategy. What this government cannot understand it seems is that every inaction has a crippling reaction in the other services, like availability of hospital beds.

“Sinn Fein will be proposing significant investment in making available hospital beds, staffing and ancillary services in our pre-budget submission.”

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