Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher has called on the Minister for Health James Reilly to break his silence on the mounting crisis at University College Hospital Galway.
Deputy Kelleher was commenting after the latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation claimed that there are currently 38 patients on trolleys in the Emergency Department of UCHG, with one elderly woman forced to spend 4 nights on a trolley waiting for admission to a ward.
“Ever since the Government shut down the A&E at Roscommon Hospital in June without any contingency plan in place, the overcrowding crisis at UCHG has worsened and is now beyond crisis point. Minister Reilly has consistently ignored the warnings from staff, patients, local public representatives and even from within his own Government back benches.
“People in the West are wondering where James Reilly has been for the past number of weeks as the crisis in the local health service continues to deepen? They quite rightly feel let down after all the promises Mr Reilly and Fine Gael made about not only protecting local health services, but enhancing them in a way that would reduce overcrowding and maintain a high quality care. In fact, Minister Reilly has done the exact opposite since taking up office. He fired the board of the HSE to demonstrate that he is in charge. But he appears to be doing very little with this power.
“I am calling on Minister Reilly to start acknowledging the problems at UCHG and across the health services in the West. It is up to the local Fine Gael and Labour TDs to ensure that the Government does not continue to ignore the very real problems that have emerged within the remit of the HSE West.”