Fianna Fáil Senator for Meath East has today reacted with fury to the news that Our Lady of Lourde’s Hospital in Drogheda is again the most overcrowded hospital in the country. This morning, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, 53 people were left waiting on trolleys in the Emergency Department of the Hospital.
While I welcome the funding of €750,000 funding and the reopening of 36 beds between Our Lady of Lourde’s in Drogheda and Our lady’s Hospital in Navan, there will still be a backlog over the winter months.
‘The Minister needs to directly involve himself in this issue. Having gotten rid of the previous HSE Board, the Minister must act and act swiftly on this matter’
‘It is disgraceful that in this day and age older and sick people are being left on trolleys awaiting treatment and admission. The Minister despite all his promises during the last General Election is now presiding over a worse Health Service and doesn’t seem capable of improving it’ added Senator Byrne.
‘I am urgently calling for Minister Reilly to meet with local public representatives from Louth and East Meath about this issue so that we can get to the bottom of this situation in a constructive manner’ concluded Senator Byrne.