Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health, Billy Kelleher TD, has again called for the recommendations contained in the 2012 HIQA report into Tallaght Hospital to be implemented in full as a matter of urgency.
Deputy Kelleher was speaking after meeting with front-line staff and workers’ representatives at Tallaght Hospital this morning where they outlined their deep concerns regarding overcrowding and patient safety at the A&E Department.
Deputy Kelleher commented: “Having spoken with front-line staff at Tallaght Hospital this morning I was struck by how fearful they all were about patient safety due to overcrowding at the A&E Department.
“I am amazed at Minister Reilly’s pretence that everything is fine at the hospital. If the Minister bothered to visit Tallaght Hospital and meet with staff; he would soon learn that the situation is reaching crisis point.
“It is not as if the Minister has not been warned about the conditions at Tallaght Hospital. HIQA produced a report into overcrowding in 2012 and the majority of the 76 recommendations have not been implemented.
“Patient safety must be the number one priority at any hospital; consultants, doctors and nurses have continuously highlighted the fact that patients are being at risk because of overcrowding. Surely, the Minister should act immediately to address the issues that have been raised. The HIQA report must be implemented as a priority, not just in terms of governance but in relation to patient safety.
“HIQA are currently investigating another critical incident involving a patient in the overcrowded A&E department, however, it seems warnings are not being heeded. Will it take a death at Tallaght Hospital before we see some meaningful action on this?