September 28, 2021

‘Emergency action plan needed for escalating A&E crisis’ – Wicklow TD

Wicklow TD and Fianna Fáil health spokesperson Stephen Donnelly has called on the Health Minister, his consituency colleague Simon Harris, to put an emergency actionin place immediately to deal with “the unsafe situation” developing in A&E’s across the country.

Deputy Donnelly said Minister Harris “appears to be unaffected” by the deepening overcrowding crisis which has see the number of patients left languishing on hospital trolleys reach record levels.

The Wicklow TD said: “The minister must be immune to the daily trolley figures which in recent months are breaking all kinds of records. If he wasn’t he would act on the requests of the INMO to adopt a major incident protocol across the country.

“Immediate action includes cancelling elective surgery and ending non-emergency admissions therefore increasing bed capacity. This is the first step. A turbo-charging of hiring staff to counteract the nonsensical recruitment pause which has been in place is also necessary.”

Deputy Donnelly added: “People are sick of hearing this is down to the winter and flu season. This is entirely predictable, it’s winter all year in the Irish health service.”

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