Spare no resources in helping hospital patients and staff following adverse weather - Louise O'Reilly TD
Sinn Féin's spokesperson for Health, Deputy Louise O’Reilly has called on the Government and the Health Minister to spare no resources in helping patients and staff in our hospitals, as the number of patients on trolleys reaches 664 today following the adverse weather conditions.
“Over the past number of days we have seen the unbelievably selfless work of the staff in our health service.
"There is no doubting their commitment to delivering quality healthcare to patients in hospitals across the state. They would make sure nobody had to wait on a trolley if were in their power.
“The staff carried our health service over the past number of days and it is now time for the Government and the Minister for Health to step up to the plate and ensure that all necessary resources are forthcoming in order to help patients and staff as the adverse weather conditions subside.
“I am calling on the Minister for Health to show leadership and back the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) call for the declaration of an emergency in the health service to deal with the increase in patients presenting and to support exhausted staff.
“I also believe it is necessary for the Minister to work directly with hospitals and unions as to how staff shortages and rostering will be tackled, given many staff worked over their rostered hours and slept in hospitals for days and will now need to go off duty for rest and recovery.
“It is incredibly important that all options are on the table from the Minister and that he gets around the table with the CEOs of the hospital groups and unions representing workers to make sure an escalation in crises can be averted in the coming days and weeks.