May is the new November is the hospital trolley crisis claims TD

Health Minister has 'head in the sky' claims Fianna Fáil TD

Conor Ganly

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Conor Ganly

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May has turned into a winter month in hospitals according to Fianna Fáil TD who represents people that attend Portlaoise and other hospitals in the Dublin Midlands Hospitl Group.

Fiona O’Loughlin, Fianna Fáil TD for Kildare South which will take in Portarlington at the next General Election said the IMNO’s figures that 9,091 endured trolley waits last month was a revelation.

“The total number recorded last month is some 403 greater than the total for last November when overcrowding was 8,688. When Minister Harris announced his ‘Winter Initiative’ few thought that it would result in extending the season by three months.

“With five months of the year gone almost 52,000 have now experienced the shocking overcrowding that persists in our acute hospitals – an increase of some 17% year on year. Indeed the figures for today also show an increase of 23% by comparison to the same day last year.

“The Minister for Health needs to get a grip on this before winter becomes a 12 month season. Last week in the Dáil he told me that we need to frontload new hospital beds. I agree but I’m not convinced of the Government’s capacity to deliver on this. After all, one year after the publication of the Sláintecare report we are still waiting for the Minister to publish an implementation plan.

"I feel for my constituents presenting at an acute hospital and being forced to wait on a trolley. Naas and Portlaoise are working at full capacity and yet, the Minister is continuing to live with his head in the sky.  This deprives our citizens of their dignity and right to proper medical care.  It is especially traumatic for older people and those with disabilities and I will continue to press the Government on the matter until an improvement is seen in these figures”, concluded Dep O’Loughlin.

Trolley numbers surged in Portlaoise in the first week of June. Read more HERE

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