Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson, and TD for Cork North Central, is calling for the Minister for Health to answer why elective surgeries are being cancelled in two of the countries busiest hospitals, Cork University Hospital and Mercy University Hospital during a period when hospitals have historically been able to cope with demand.

“This week, both hospitals issued warnings to people in the Cork region asking them to only attend the Emergency Departments as a last resort.”

“The Minister, and the HSE, needs to understand that there are knock on effects from overcrowding in EDs. Elective surgeries, procedures that have patients have been waiting for months for, are being cancelled, causing a cascade of delays throughout the system.”

“It’s simply not good enough that at the end of August, our Emergency Departments are at breaking point. What’s it going to be like when winter comes, and even more pressure is applied on the system?”

“This is the second time this year where surgeries have been cancelled in Cork because of overcrowding in the EDs.”

“We need to see concrete plans from Minister Harris, and his officials in the HSE, about how they plan to deal with future surges in demand for services before the crisis hits.”

“People in Cork, and across Ireland, are fed up waiting for the HSE to get ahead of crises. The regular fire-fighting in the HSE needs to come to an end,” concluded Deputy Kelleher.