Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has said the data published today by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, recording the worst March trolley figures in over 10 years, is another example of the Government’s failed health policies.
Deputy Kelleher said: “We’re now witnessing hard evidence of the failed health policy pursued over the last four years under Fine Gael and Labour. Over 400,000 patients are waiting for an appointment to see a consultant and figures from the INMO today show almost 9,000 people were left on trolleys, following admission to hospital, in March this year.
“These demonstrate the need to urgently implement the measures announced in the Emergency Department report earlier this month.
“The crisis we saw in the first quarter of this year was entirely predictable and should have been avoided. It is absolutely deplorable that so many sick people were left lying on trolleys on corridors, in emergency departments, in wards and stuffed into any spare corner available in hospitals.
“It was extremely undignified and uncomfortable for those patients and on top of this, a major safety hazard as many are hooked up to drips and other machines which the staff have to manoeuvre around.
“We welcomed the proposals announced three weeks ago even if there was little that was new in them coming 3 years after the HIQA report into overcrowding, which the government failed to implement. Things have improved this month but they often do in April. The Minister must ensure that what happened between January and March this year does not happen again.”