“Accident & Emergency Services in crisis as Health Minister continues to do nothing,” says McGrath – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

“Accident & Emergency Services in crisis as Health Minister continues to do nothing,” says McGrath


Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said that the persistence of the trolley crisis in South Tipperary General Hospital is the clearest evidence yet of the failure of the acting Governments approach to tackling the issue. Deputy McGrath was speaking as South Tipperary General Hospital again recorded over thirty seven people on trolleys within its Emergency Department facility today:

“As I have said before, it is clear that Minister Varadkar’s so called solution to this problem will be just as ineffective as his efforts previously. People have been advised to visit their GP, whose practises are in the first instance, under severe pressure since the introduction of free under 6 GP care and they simply cannot cope.

The overcrowding also comes as the HSE, in a despicable move are moving by stealth to close the Mount Sion facility in Tipperary Town and yet this Minister thinks everything is improving?

We also know now that thanks to Minister Kathleen Lynch, severe pressure has been put on our A&E Services due to the closure of St Michael’s Mental Health Hospital in Clonmel.

All of this points to an acting government and a Minister for Health who are more concerned both with their public image and glossing over the enormous strains that exist in the HSE.

Clearly the establishment of the Emergency Department Taskforce has done nothing to stem the tide of patients on trolleys despite a revised escalation policy which was specifically designed to assist with such overcrowding,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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