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Mary Lou McDonald publishes comprehensive and substantive document on the Mater Hospital

20 June, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Fein Deputy Leader and Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald has today published a comprehensive and substantive document on the Mater Hospital.

Deputy McDonald was joined at a press event today by her party’s Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD and by Stephen McMahon of the Irish Patients Association.

She said;

“This report was compiled from a series of parliamentary questions, engagement with the HSE and discussions with stake holders and service providers.

“The Mater has a massive catchment area. It provides not just a local service but also provides many specific specialities such as in the area of transplants.

“It is in all of our interests that the hospital works and works well.  This why we have produced this discussion document.  We wanted to see how well it was working.

“I want to acknowledge the staff of the Mater who as we know are a committed, caring and very overworked group of people.  There aren’t enough of them.  

“There aren’t enough staff because of the moratorium on public sector recruitment.  

“So a figure that jumps out from this discussion document is the amount of money being spent on agency staff.  Over €26,000,000 has been spent on agency staff over the last eight years.

“Agency staff is the most expensive way to staff any service.  

“There are many other such startling figures in terms of hospital cancellations, waiting times, emergency department attendances and so on.

“So I would encourage people who work in the voluntary sector or who are professionals working in health to read this document.  I would also encourage those who are patients of the Mater to read it.  

“The detailed information gathered in this document clearly illustrates the pressures and stresses faced by both the staff and the patients of the Mater.

“It also shows government under spending in Health.  This has consequences for service provision and will have consequences for patients in cancellations of elective surgery, longer waiting times and less resources available to treat them.

“Our health service is in crisis.  This report is a snapshot of that crisis in one hospital.  Sinn Féin wants to fix that crisis. We don’t just have ideas and plans but worked out costed strategies.

“Sinn Féin’s plan for the future health service will place every citizen at the centre of a healthcare system, free at the point of delivery.”


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