Fianna Fáil is calling on the Minister for Health James Reilly to immediately publish the report from the Special Delivery Unit (SDU) which has assessed conditions at the Accident and Emergency Department at Mid Western Regional Hospital, Limerick.

Limerick Fianna Fáil TDs Willie O’Dea and Niall Collins today met with nurses engaged in the ongoing action at the hospital to highlight the escalating overcrowding crisis.

Speaking afterwards, Deputy Collins said: “The situation at the Mid Western Regional Hospital has gone beyond critical stage and still the Health Minister appears to have no interest in addressing the problem with any sense of urgency. This is a matter of major public interest in Limerick, and as public representatives Willie O’Dea and I feel it is our duty to highlight the very real concern among people in Limerick and across the Mid West at the Government’s lack of commitment to investing in reconfiguration.

“We also wanted to show our solidarity today with the nurses who have worked so hard to retain a level of patient safety in the face of continued over-crowding and a complete lack of support and attention from this Government. The only contribution from Minister James Reilly so far has been to wash his hands completely of this issue and to attempt to shift the blame on to the nurses themselves by accusing them of putting patients at risk,” concluded Deputy Collins.

Fianna Fáil is calling on the Health Minister to visit the hospital immediately to see first-hand the extent of the crisis.

Deputy Willie O’Dea commented, “Fine Gael has made repeated promises to communities not only to retain hospital services, but to increase supports for local and regional hospitals in many cases. What’s happening in Limerick is just another example of this Government’s broken promises. Minister Reilly hasn’t visited the hospital even once since he took up office. It’s high time for him to take some responsibility and start tackling the problems that are happening on his watch here in Limerick, in Galway, in Drogheda and other facilities across the country.”

Deputy O’Dea added, “The buck stops with the Health Minister on this. It’s up to him to begin meaningful dialogue between staff, patients, hospital management and the HSE to resolve the crisis at MWRH as a matter of urgency. To facilitate these negotiations the Minister must immediately publish the report from the Special Delivery Unit on the problems at the hospital’s A&E so that these challenges can be resolved in the best interests of the patients.”

 

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Fianna Fail Public Representatives Cllr. James Collins, Cllr. Kieran O’Hanlon, Deputy Willie O’Dea and Deputy Niall Collins with nurses of the Mid Western Regional Hospital protesting today to highlight the ongoing issues raised by the INMO and SIPTU regarding patient safety and investment in the Hospital Services at the Mid Western Regional Hospital Dooradoyle