Record Overcrowding in Irish Hospitals

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald criticizes Irish hospitals as overcrowded and underfunded.

By Adam Farley, Deputy Editor
August / September 2017

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader and Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald (below) published a comprehensive and substantive  document on Dublin’s Mater Hospital, which in June was the third most overcrowded hospital in Ireland, behind University Hospital Limerick and University Hospital Galway, according to figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization.

The Mater “provides not just a local service but also provides many specific specialties such as in the area of transplants,” she said at a press conference. “It is in all of our interests that the hospital works and works well.”

McDonald also noted that Sinn Féin’s review demonstrated that the government is critically underfunding health, which “will have consequences for patients in cancellations of elective surgery, longer waiting times and less resources available to treat them,” she said. Five-hundred-and-thirty-two people were also left on trolleys in the hospital in June.

“These figures represent further evidence that our health service, through inadequate bed and staffing levels, simply cannot cope with the demands being placed upon it,” I.N.M.O. general secretary Liam Doran said.

“The legitimate attempts to reduce waiting lists has only exacerbated the levels of overcrowding, with the indignity and loss of privacy that result, now taking place in this peak summer period in emergency departments and wards across the country.” ♦

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