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Enough patients on trolleys every day to fill a Level 4 hospital – O’Reilly

21 March, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking this afternoon, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that the Government are only paying lip service to addressing the trolley crisis and has called for the immediate reopening of all closed beds in hospitals across the state.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“Since the start of 2018, there have been two significant political developments to address the trolley crisis; the publication of the ‘bed capacity review’ and the passing of a Sinn Féin motion proposing solutions to the crisis.

“However, to date there has been little or no action taken by the Government to implement either of the review or the Dáil motion. The situation is similar to the lack of attention given to the cross-party Sláintecare report. There appears to be no urgency from the Government to address the trolley crisis.

“This is in spite of the fact that nearly every single day there are enough patients to completely fill a level 4 hospital and there are days when they would fill a level 5 hospital. For example, there are 485 patients on trolleys in hospitals throughout the state today. That’s enough people on trolleys to nearly fill the Mater Hospital.

“This also comes on the back of a record 714 patients on trolleys last Monday. We cannot stand by and pretend this is normal, it is not, and it never can be normalised.

“There are still a significant number of beds in hospitals around the state closed. These need to be immediately re-opened so that the numbers on trolleys can at least be stabilised in the short term.

“We don’t need another report. We need to see the implementation of the recommendations of the “bed capacity review” in tandem with the Sláintecare report so the health service can be brought to a position where all who go through the doors of a hospital are given the correct care in the correct setting.” 

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