Make room for care
2018 has so far witnessed the worst overcrowding since records began. The annual winter crisis is now all year round, including the summer, yet in 2011 Fine Gael vowed to bring an end to the overcrowding crisis.
In 2011 Fine Gael vowed to bring an end to the overcrowding crisis. However, 7 years later the problem is worse than ever with record-breaking numbers of patients languishing on trolleys across the entire country. This has been a persistent problem but Fine Gael has simply failed to take the required steps to tackle the crisis.
We need to urgently increase the number of beds available in our hospitals to help ease the burden and ensure greater availability of nursing home beds.
Fianna Fáil’s plan to tackle hospital overcrowding
Legislate for Sláintecare
Legislate and work towards the Sláintecare report recommendation of a four hour target for emergency department waits. International research suggests that there is an increase in adverse outcomes for patients who have been in an ED for more than four to six hours.
Increase hospital capacity
Implement the recommendations of the Capacity Review, which advises increases to hospital capacity and long term beds significantly.
Increase medical assessment units open hours
Ensure that medical assessment units are open on a seven day basis to improve patient waiting times.
Examine staffing allocations
Target staffing allocations of additional consultants and nurses to critical areas in emergency departments. It is critical that all 24 hour units have an emergency medicine consultant present at all times.
Renegotiate the Consultants Contract
Renegotiate the Consultants Contract.