Lack of action from Minister causes trolley crisis to deepen.


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Fianna Fail T.D. Robert Troy has criticised the lack of action from Health Minister Simon Harris following the release of figures which show that Mullingar Regional Hospital had a total of 34 patients on trolleys last Monday, the highest figure in any hospital across the country.
The figures continue to show a high level of overcrowding in A&E Departments nationwide which has been ongoing since early December. “The figures announced this week are extremely worrying as it shows a continuing trend of overcrowding across our hospitals during this winter period. The fact that there are 34 patients on trolleys in Mullingar Regional Hospital is extremely damning considering the fanfare the Government created with the recent opening of the new A&E Department in the town. The issues which were highlighted by hospital employees at that time, in terms of staffing levels have not been adequately addressed and we have seen the results of these issues throughout the winter. The Government have been warned repeatedly that a winter crisis was looming in our hospitals and they have failed to plan properly for this surge in patients.”
As winter bugs continue to blight the country numbers attending A&E departments are expected to remain high over the coming weeks and Deputy Troy has called on the Minister for Health to urgently get to grips with the current trolley crisis. “The Minister needs to listen to the administrators and staff in these hospitals and provide them with the resources they need to run the system properly. These people are dealing with the service every day of the week and know exactly how to provide an efficient service. It is in the Ministers best interest to tap into this knowledge and work with the hospitals to end this crisis and ensure that we do not face such a crisis again in the years ahead.”