Galway West Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív has expressed his dismay at the ongoing refusal by the Minister for Health James Reilly to address the deepening crisis at University College Hospital Galway.  Deputy Ó Cuív was commenting after the number of patients on trolleys at the hospital rose to 46 today, according to figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.


Deputy Ó Cuív commented, “Minister Reilly’s abandonment of all his election promises and all his opposition rhetoric is quite spectacular.  Over the past few weeks, the number of patients waiting on trolleys at UCHG has continued to rise and Fianna Fáil has repeatedly called on the Minister to take action to address the crisis. 


“Ever since James Reilly’s own health policy imploded with the closure of Roscommon Hospital’s A&E, he has utterly failed to acknowledge the impact on surrounding hospitals in the West.  He has ignored the concerns of local health professionals and of public representatives from across the political spectrum.  But we are now at the point where patients safety is at serious risk at Minister Reilly cannot afford to ignore this problem any longer.


“This has now gone beyond critical point. I am calling on the Minister to come to Galway within the next two weeks to see for himself the impact on patients of this level of overcrowding at UCHG. It’s time for him to start embracing his responsibilities and tackling the very real problems that are happening on his watch.”