Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has seen at first hand the crisis unfolding at University Hospital Galway’s Emergency Department, describing the failure to include the hospital in the Government’s capital plan as ‘inexcusable’.
Deputy Martin was speaking following a visit to the hospital with his Dáil colleague Éamon Ó Cuív and other party representatives. He commented, “The contrast between the rhetoric from Government about improvements in the health service and the reality on the ground is very stark, but it is particularly so when you see what is unfolding in A&E Departments like UHG.
“Chronic overcrowding, with even children being forced to wait for four and a half hours, is the reality of life for people in Galway needing emergency care. It’s just not good enough.
“Fine Gael like to talk about the problems being too complicated, but the solution in Galway is quite straightforward. UHG needs to be given the funding for capital development that it has asked for. Additional capacity needs to be built and that need is absolutely urgent. The refusal to include UHG in the recent capital investment plan is inexcusable.
“The Government has told UHG to go away and come back with a new Cost Benefit Analysis. I would tell the Government to come out of their ivory tower and come and see what is happening in UHG’s Emergency Department. Let them see the reality of the chronic overcrowding and the experience that families with young children have to go through.
“My colleague Éamon Ó Cuív and I will be raising the issue of UHG in the Dáil and demanding proper answers from the Health Minister on why UHG is being refused capital funding.”
The Fianna Fáil Leader is on a two day visit to Galway, with Deputy Ó Cuív, Cllr Mary Hoade and John Connolly.