Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher TD has said the Minister for Health James Reilly is using his Special Delivery Unit (SDU) as a smokescreen to hide his own inaction over the crisis at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick.


Deputy Kelleher, along with Limerick TDs Niall Collins and Willie O’Dea and Clare TD Timmy Dooley, met with nurses form MWRH at Leinster House in Dublin today (Wednesday, 12 October) after nursing  unions held a protest to highlight the worsening situation at MWRH.


Speaking after the meeting Deputy Kelleher said: “The situation at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital is deeply worrying and will have widespread implications right across the region. And yet, despite the staff repeatedly pleading with the Minister to address the crisis in the interest of patient safety, Minister James Reilly is still attempting to wash his hands of the situation.


“The best the Health Minister could do was to send in his Special Delivery Unit (SDU), which he himself created, to look at the situation in the Accident and Emergency Department in MWRH. They SDU have issued recommendations, but absolutely no action has been taken on these recommendations. Minister Reilly established the SDU to address the problems at A&Es around the country, so I cannot understand why the recommendations of his own group are not being acted on.


“Hospital overcrowding at MWRH, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda, UCHG in Galway and other hospitals right across the country is at already at crisis levels – and it is only October. What will happen in the winter months when pressure on A&Es is at its worst? Minister Reilly must forget the smokescreens, stop playing blame games and start ake some responsibility for what is happening in his health service.”