Longford-Westmeath Fianna Fáil TD Robert Troy has called on the Health Minister to immediately address the funding deficit at the Midland Regional Hospital after senior staff detailed a chaotic and dangerous situation putting patient safety at risk.
Deputy Troy commented: “The situation at the Midland Regional Hospital is a disgrace. What we have here is outright confirmation from hospital management themselves that patient safety is at risk on a regular basis. Patients can no longer be treated with dignity because of the overcrowded conditions.
“The situation described in a joint letter from the Hospital Manager and Director of Nursing is shocking. They are pleading with the Government and the HSE to allow a 12-bed unit open to ease pressure and I believe this should be done urgently. I have been highlighting the dangerous conditions at the hospital at every opportunity with the Government in the Dáil, have called for a unit to be opened to deal with the overcrowding and no progress is being made to deal with it.
“I want to praise the ongoing work of the staff who are being forced to work in dreadful conditions. Their efforts and commitment cannot be questioned in my view.
“Patient safety and staff safety have come second to this Government which continues to cut funding and resources from the most basic frontline service – accident and emergency. This Government promised that money would follow the patient – instead we see patients arriving at the Midland Hospital while vital funding is stripped away.
“It is also important to remember that the Midland Regional Hospital is now taking patients into its A&E that previously would have been seen at Roscommon. The decision to close Roscommon’s A&E has put extra pressure and responsibility on the Midland Regional Hospital at a time when the Government has cut its budget. There is no joined up thinking to this at all and Government has to act immediately.”