Tackling Hospital Overcrowding

We will increase hospital capacity to meet growing demand and provide greater supports, along with more beds, for those who need it.

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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

  1. 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.

  2. Increase hospital capacity

    Implement the recommendations of the Capacity Review, which advises increases to hospital capacity and long term beds significantly.

  3. Increase medical assessment units open hours

    Ensure that medical assessment units are open on a seven day basis to improve patient waiting times.

  4. 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.

  5. Renegotiate the Consultants Contract

    Renegotiate the Consultants Contract.

All Issues in Health

Tackle Waiting Times

We will expand the Treatment Purchase Fund to reduce waiting times and use it for outpatient waiting lists as well.

Prioritise Mental Health

We will give mental health parity of esteem with physical health and dramatically improve Child and Adolescent services.

Tackling Hospital Overcrowding

We will increase hospital capacity to meet growing demand and provide greater supports, along with more beds, for those who need it.

Expand Primary Care

We will make access to primary and community care a priority.

Reducing Health Costs

We will reduce those costs that stop people accessing needed care.

Reform Health Service Delivery

Working with frontline staff we will make healthcare safer and more efficient.

Care for the Elderly

Support older people to stay at home and in supported communities.

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