We can’t tolerate a health service in crisis – Mary Lou McDonald TD
Speaking in the Dáil today, the Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald highlighted the ongoing crisis in our health services.
Ms McDonald cited the situation facing Limerick University Hospital whereby the provision of a new 60 bed ward block is to be delayed.
Addressing the Taoiseach Ms McDonald said:
“Under the watch of you and Minister Simon Harris our health service is in a state of absolute crisis.
“In recent weeks, nurses and midwives were forced to engage in strike action because their legitimate - and correct -concerns in respect of the recruitment and retention crisis were ignored by you and your Ministers.
“We have witnessed GPs protest here outside Leinster House because of your failure to invest adequately in primary care. Hospital waiting lists have continued to grow, and last week they reached new record levels.
“The trolley crisis continues unabated. Today there are 512 patients on trolleys in hospitals throughout the State. Despite that, only half of the additional beds promised under the HSE’s Winter Plan have been opened.
“The provision of a new 60-bed ward block at Limerick University Hospital is the latest project to face the axe - despite the fact that Limerick is consistently one of the hospitals worst affected by hospital overcrowding in the State.
“We can’t tolerate a health service in crisis.
“Fianna Fáil may well be prepared to stand aside, allow the status-quo to prevail and an incompetent Minister to remain in office - but we won’t - and TDs will have the opportunity to put up or shut up tomorrow afternoon in that regard.
“In the meantime Taoiseach, isn’t it now incumbent on you to make it very clear what projects are being axed as a result of the National Children’s Hospital overrun?
“There is massive concern in communities right across the State about commitments made to fund projects that are badly needed and people should be made aware of what is happening in that regard without delay.”