Teachta Adams was responding to the news that Our Lady of Lourdes had to go ‘off-call’ last night because of the numbers of citizens in the emergency department.
Gerry Adams said:
“Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda was forced off-call last night because of the numbers of patients on trolleys. Yesterday Lourdes hospital had the highest number of patients on trolleys in the state.
Despite the hard work and diligence of staff Our Lady of Lourdes this happens every week.
The crisis in Our Lady of Lourdes has its roots in the drastic cuts to services in Louth County Hospital, including the closure of its accident and emergency department, and the mismanagement of funding and management resources to the health service by this government and by Fianna Fáil before it.
Sinn Féin has published our comprehensive alternative budget which sets out costed and effective measures to tackle the crisis in the health service. In the upcoming election, whenever the Taoiseach has the gumption to call it, we will seek a mandate from the electorate to implement them.”