Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson, Billy Kelleher TD has said that the Health Minister Simon Harris needs to put aside the PR when it comes the overcrowding in our hospitals, and instead begin to come forward with realistic plans to address the overcrowding and knock on effects on the Irish health service.

Deputy Kelleher was commenting after the INMO reported 531 patients lying on trolleys this morning, and reports in recent days that numerous cancer surgeries have been cancelled as a result of overcrowding.

“Last week, Minister Harris made the very bold declaration that ‘the situation had improved’.

“I’m not sure what metric the Minister uses to determine success, but 61 people on trolleys in Limerick and 531 nationwide hardly seems.

“The Minister needs to stop attempting to just tell the Irish public a good story, and instead put the resources into the system that are so urgently needed.

“Time after time, the Minister says that he is committed to doing more, and to finding a long term solution. Time and time again, his commitments fail to materialise, and we fall back even more.

“Minister Harris is now nine months in the job. Patience among all those who interact with the health service is wearing thin. We need to see more action on the part of the Minister, rather than yet more PR,” concluded Kelleher.