Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has described the ongoing crisis in patients stuck on trolleys in Our Lady of Lourdes, Drogheda as “symptomatic of all that is wrong with the government’s health policies.”
The Louth TD described last week’s INMO report on trolley figures for May as “deeply disturbing”. He said: “The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation in its latest analysis of trolley figures revealed that May was the worst month on record for patients on trolleys. There were 7,713 patients on a trolley for an in-patient bed – up 31% on last year.
These figures are almost double – up 83% – on what they were in May 2006.
And predictably Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda had the second highest number of patients on trolleys of all hospitals in the state. 718 patients were impacted in Our Lady of Lourdes.”
Gerry Adams TD said:
“Last October the government provided an additional €635 million to the HSE.
This was less than half of the €1.4 billion that it had asked for. Several months ago the government provided an additional €74 million to deal with the crisis in the Emergency Departments by attempting to provide additional places in the Fair Deal system for medically discharged patients who are stuck in hospital beds.
Despite the hard work of staff, Our Lady of Lourdes continues to have numbers in the Emergency department that are close to those normally seen in winter time. On Wednesday June 17th OLOL had the worst trolley figures in the state – 36 patients on trolleys.
In recent weeks the media have highlighted two specific cases of citizens born before the 1916 Rising who have endured many hours on trolleys.
Dr James Gray, a consultant in emergency medicine at Tallaght Hospital described as ‘horrendous’ and as a ‘form of torture and a human rights abuse’ the conditions under which a 101-year-old woman was kept.
The Irish Association of Emergency Medicine said patients who have to remain on hospital trolleys for extended periods of time, have suffered an infringement of their human rights and have been subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment.
Clearly government policy needs to change. Urgent action is needed. It should include:
- Immediate steps to recruit the required additional staff.
- Additional resources to expand the role of the nurse in the acute care and in enhanced community services.
- More acute beds and step down facilities must be established.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has called for residents in the Termon Abbey area to be extra vigilant following a spate of thefts on Wednesday morning.
Three homes in the area had their gardens sheds broken into and items stolen. Cllr Flood explained how one homeowner caught the man in the act and challenged him. “When challenged, the thief bolted down the side entrance with tins of paint which he had removed from the home-owners garden shed. She called the Guards and again challenged him and he told her he was a painter and had got the wrong house. Although he didn’t explain why he had her paint.”
By the time the Guards arrived, the thief had made his getaway. Cllr Flood was very concerned that the home-owner had “found two knives dropped by the side of her house where he had ran to get away. Her locks on the side gate and on the garden shed had both been broken off.”
That wasn’t the end of the burglar though. To make a clean getaway he had stashed his loot in an overgrown area and then had the cheek to return in the evening to retrieve his items.
Cllr Flood commended “a brave young man who doesn’t want to be named” who managed to capture the culprit’s return on video. “There were two other individuals in the car and you can see on the video, him loading a copper boiler he had stolen from another house, into his car. They then drove off and were not apprehended.”
Again, this was not the end of the story. The thief returned yet again and this time attempted to steal the video maker’s family car. “The young man immediately recognised the thief and alerted everyone, his parents, neighbours and even the ice-cream man and together they challenged the would be car thief and this time, he was apprehended on the Newfoundwell Road by Gardaí.”
Cllr Flood has commended the actions of everyone involved and has posted the video on his Facebook page. He has asked that local people view it and try to identify the two accomplices.“Policing only works when there is a partnership between the Gardaí and the community. On this occasion, the community came together and did their part, contacting Gardaí, getting video evidence although it was very discreetly done. Everything has been forwarded to the Drogheda Gardaí.
“I would ask everyone to be vigilant and not to take risks if you see anyone committing a crime. Alert the Gardaí and make sure you keep yourself safe.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham has welcomed the awarding of the prestigious Blue Flag to Port Beach in Clogherhead, known locally as the big strand and the little strand.
Tom Cunningham said “There is a lot of hard work goes into earning the Blue Flag. I would like to especially thank and draw attention to the work of Clogherhead Development Group who do a wonderful job in keeping the beach and facilities clean and to such a high standard.”
The Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognized eco-labels and has been awarded in 49 countries around the world.
Cllr Cunningham continued “this award is a source of great pride for the community and to have the Blue Flag flying over Port Beach is a very welcome sight” and added with a smile “but one we are used to as this is the tenth year in a row it has been awarded.”
Tom Cunningham also thanked Louth County Council for all their help in helping to secure the awarding of the Flag.
Sinn Féin Councillor Jennifer Green has welcomed comments by the head of the Housing Department at today’s Louth County Council meeting.
Cllr Green said “I welcome the fact that Louth council are now going to explore a residential option for these flats. There are 73 units there that could have housed 73 families and we have a housing crisis in Louth with 4,652 people on the housing list.”
Councillor Green has worked tirelessly on this issue and intends to “follow these developments very closely” and has called for the Council to waste no time in this and to “help bring an end to this nightmare. The residents in the area have had enough. Let’s hope we can find a resolution in this.”
Cllr Green addressing Protesters at last month’s picket
Louth TD Gerry Adams and Cllr Imelda Munster attended the 2015 Louth Agricultural Show which is held each year by the Dundalk Show Society.
For the third year the show was held in Bellurgan Park, on the Carlingford Road.
Teachta Adams and Cllr Munster were joined by Councillor Jim Loughran, Councillor Edel Corrigan and party activist JJ Quigley.
Speaking after the event Gerry Adams said:
“The Louth Agricultural Show is one of the great events of the year in this constituency. It has existed in one form or another for 126 years. A remarkable achievement.
The Louth Agricultural Show provides an opportunity for the farming and rural community to showcase their work during the year and the enormous contribution they make to the economy of County Louth. It’s also a fun day out for all the family.
I want to commend the organizers and all of the participants”.
Cllr Munster said “This year the proceeds from the show will go to S.N.A.P. (Special Needs Active Parents). This is a very worthwhile and important cause helping families and children with special needs.”