Government don’t understand depth of crisis in health – Cullinane
Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane has criticised the Government for having a fundamental lack of understanding about the depth of the crisis facing the health service. This comes as University Hospital Waterford announces it will be closing ten inpatient beds with effect from Monday, 31st October owing to difficulties being experienced in filling current nurse staffing vacancies.
The Waterford TD said:
“UHW has announced today that it will be closing ten beds because it simply doesn’t have the nursing staff to service them. This comes scarcely a fortnight after Minister Pascal Donohoe stood up on Budget day and crowed that the Government were investing more in Health than any Government before it. Of course, once the figures were released, it was clear that the Government were barely giving enough extra to cover demographic changes.
“UHW has already been forced to cancel non-emergency X-Ray services due to a lack of radiological staff and cut back on too many other services. I have raised the issues facing the hospital during my time in the Seanad and before, and yet the situation worsens.
“This Government has a fundamental lack of understanding about the depth of the crisis facing the health service. The disingenuous backslapping on Budget day has been laid bare now and it is not a Minister who must bear the consequences but the people of Waterford.”