Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins has called on the Minister for Health to withdraw his offensive comments relating to the action taken by nursing unions to highlight the overcrowding crisis at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick.
Deputy Collins commented, “Minister Reilly was questioned in the Dáil this afternoon by Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher about overcrowding at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick and the fact that the nurses feel they have no choice but to engage in industrial action to highlight the crisis.
“The Minister’s response was nothing short of stunning. Not only did he refuse to take any responsibility for the situation at MWRH he had the cheek to shift the blame back onto the nurses. He accused the nurses involved in the action in Limerick of putting patient safety at risk.
“When asked by Deputy Kelleher to clarify his comments, he again said that the work-stoppage will have no benefit and said the INMO and SIPTU may be putting patients at risk by taking the action.
“It is high time for Minister Reilly to stop blaming everyone else and start taking responsibility for what is happening on his watch. Instead of adding to the very real concerns of hospital staff in Limerick, the Minister should be engaging with the INMO and SIPTU on finding a solution to the overcrowding crisis.”