September 28, 2021

Harris ‘clearly out of his depth’ – Wicklow TD attacks constituency rival as hospital crisis deepens

Health Minister Simon Harris must “stop spinning in 2020” and start dealing with the worst hospital overcrowding since records began, a fellow Wicklow TD has demanded.

Deputy John Brady spoke out after the INMO confirmed a 9% jump in the number of patients across the country who were left languishing on hospital trolleys last year.

The figures reveal a total of 118,367 patients went without hospital beds in 2019.

Deputy Brady said: “Behind these statistics are seriously ill people, who have been left waiting for a bed in our hospitals.Emergency departments are chaotic and the overcrowding is creating an environment that is unsafe for patients and staff.”

The Wicklow TD launched a scathing attack on his consitiuency colleague, claiming the minister is “clearly out of his depth”.

Deputy Brady added: “The Minister for Health needs to look past his own spin and see these figures for what they are – the failure of government policy. Under his watch he has created a national scandal. Last February Minister Harris survived a Sinn Féin motion of no confidence in him and his handling of the health service. We must remember that the only reason Minister Harris is still in his position is because Fianna Fáil voted confidence in him.”

The Sinn Féin TD also accused Wicklow Fianna Fáil TD Stephen Donnelly of “fake criticism”, adding: “People know that Fianna Fáil and Deputy Donnelly have propped this government up and have presided over the worst-ever hospital overcrowding since records began.

“This crisis will only be resolved when appropriate staff numbers are hired to ensure that beds can be reopened.”

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