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Government inaction on trolley crisis is leading to unsafe conditions in our hospitals – Louise O’Reilly TD

1 July, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Responding to figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation which show that 7,392 patients were on hospital trolleys in June, Sinn Féin’s Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly said these are figures that we are used to seeing in the height of Winter rather than in mid-Summer.

Teachta O’Reilly said all closed hospital beds must be reopened and that we need to see action from government on tackling the recruitment and retention crisis affecting our nurses and doctors.

She said;

“There can be no doubt that under-staffing in our health services is the driving factor in this crisis leading to unsafe conditions in our hospitals.

“The government has failed spectacularly to tackle the recruitment and retention crisis and to reopen closed hospital beds. 

“Fine Gael have had almost a decade to address this crisis but it has only got worse during its tenure.

“We all remember Enda Kenny’s famous billboard claiming that he would ‘end the scandal of patients on trolleys’ yet here we are in 2019 with trolley figures in June that resemble what we are used to seeing in the height of Winter.

“We need to identify the 1,100 beds that have been closed in the last decade and start reopening them immediately. And we need to see the implementation of the Safe Staffing Framework and progress on Sláintecare.

“The government’s inaction on these issues means patients will continue to be left on trolleys and staff will continue to work in unsafe conditions.”


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