He has also said that the Government needs to ‘redouble’ its efforts to tackle the crisis.
Furthermore, he admitted that the 1,000 extra beds provided so far have not been enough.
According to the minister, “there will also be a media campaign to encourage people to use minor injury units, rather that emergency departments.’
He acknowledged that the target to achieve is to have no more than 70 people on trolleys for more than nine hours by the “fourth quarter of this year.”
And he expressed his disappointment at the news that a patient in Dublin was forced to wait over three hours for an ambulance to arrive after he called the emergency number.
The state of the health service in Ireland always seems to teeter on the edge of collapse. If a serious epidemic broke out, or a major health crisis was to hit the country, it is hard to see how the service would cope.