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Temple Street situation ‘a new low’ – O’Reilly

15 February, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin TD and Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly has described as “a new low” the situation that has forced Temple Street Children’s Hospital to effectively ask parents to stay away unless their child is seriously ill or injured.

Nine children were waiting in excess of nine hours for admission to the Emergency Department this morning.

The Dublin Fingal TD said:

“In a week that saw 623 patients waiting on trollies on one day, we now have Temple Street at practically crisis point. The last thing that parents need is a fear that there may be significant delays for a sick child to be seen.

“These patients are often among the most vulnerable people due to their young age and the additional medical needs that sometimes required by children. Their being treated urgently prevents escalation of injury and ensures safety and swift respite. 

“We have children waiting on trollies for in excess of nine hours. Children whose distress can only be added to by lying in a corridor while experiencing a trauma.

“One child on a trolley is one too many and we can never allow this situation to become normalised, as the government have attempted to do with the trolley crisis as a whole.

“In January, the Dáil passed a substantive Sinn Féin PMB with solutions on how to tackle and stabilise the trolley crisis. The motion outlined the issues as identified by staff in the health service and patients who have went through the service while proposing achievable solutions to this crisis in the short term.

“The proposed solutions incorporated recommendations from workers and patients in the health service as well as those of experts and other progressive politicians and political parties.

“Furthermore, we need to see the immediate movement on the implementation of the recommendations of the bed capacity review and the Slaintecare report in order to build a long term future for our health service.” 

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