Speaking after the event, which took place on Friday 13th November, Teachta Adams said,
“I welcome these additional clinical decision and surgical assessment beds, which I know are having a positive effect on the dreadful conditions in the Emergency Department, but I am acutely conscious that these are a mere drop in the ocean.
“Nursing staff have informed me that 45 whole time equivalent personnel are needed to properly staff this new unit. I am seeking assurances from Leo Varadkar that these people are in place.
“The Minister must also address the issues which cause overcrowding in the Emergency Department at OLOL, the lack of homecare packages, the access problems in non acute care, the lack of nursing home beds, the convoluted Fair Deal scheme, the cutbacks in community care and the persistent recruitment difficulties.
Cllr and general election candidate Imelda Munster added;
“On Friday the INMO Trolley Watch stated that there were 19 people on trollies in Our Lady of Lourdes. This new unit is opened against a backdrop of perennial overcrowding, disgraceful ambulance response times, damaging HIQA reports, massive outpatient waiting lists, a recent data breach of patient records and 1,000’s of recalled X-Rays.
“These issues combined illustrate a very sick Health Service which is simply not fit for purpose.”