Hospital overcrowding now ‘beyond crisis point’ – Waterford TD
Ireland’s ailing health service is stumbling from “one crisis to the next with no plan or no vision”, according to a local TD.
Waterford Deputy David Cullinane spoke out as hospitals across the country recorded record levels of overcrowding yesterday.
It comes as University Hospital Waterford (UHW) experienced a massive jump in the number of patients being treated on trolleys last year – making it the fifth worst hospital for overcrowding in the country.
Deputy Cullinane accused the Fine Gael-led minority Government of “failing” the people of Waterford and the rest of the country.
The Waterford TD said: “Figures released by the INMO show a record number of 760 patients waiting for admission for a bed in acute hospitals. Over the last fortnight I have been inundated with calls from patients waiting for health treatment. The sad reality is that this Confidence and Supply arrangement has failed on health. Fianna Fáil are as culpable as Fine Gael for keeping an inept Minister for Health in his position.
“Sinn Féin has warned the Government that their policies are failing. We have tabled motions in the Dáil with solutions to the recruitment and retention crisis. We proposed significant increases in health capacity in the last budget. And in Waterford I have consistently raised issues about the lack of capacity at UHW.”
Deputy Cullinane (pictured below) said our acute hospital services are now “at breaking point”.
He added: “This [Health] Minister [Simon Harris] is without a plan and without solutions. 2020 must bring about a new Government committed to public health services and only a Sinn Féin led Government will make this happen.”