Louth Gov. TDs should support Sinn Féin Dáil motion to ease ED Crisis – Cllr Imelda Munster

imelda photo orangeSinn Féin General Election candidate Cllr Imelda Munster is calling on all Louth TDs to vote in favour of the Sinn Féin’s private members motion, which proposes key actions to ease the crisis gripping our Emergency Departments throughout the state.

The motion will be debated and voted on in the Dáil this week.

Councillor Munster said:

“Sinn Féin’s motion proposes key actions that the Fine Gael and Labour Party government can take to ease the crisis in our emergency departments.”

“People here in our own town have had enough empty promises and bluster, they deserve and want to see results. The crisis faced daily at Our Lady of Lourdes is not new, it continues because Minister Varadkar, supported by Drogheda’s own Deputies Nash and O’Dowd and his colleagues are failing to grasp the frightening scale of the crisis in the health service”

“The people of Louth remember the litany of previous promises; regional centres of excellence, retention of services at Louth hospital, new 100 bed nursing home units. The Taoiseach and two Ministers for Health have completely failed to live up to promises for our health services. We have also seen the previous Fianna Fáil led government stand idly by while Louth County hospital was downgraded.”

“The measures proposed in the Sinn Féin motion are aimed at easing the crisis. INMO trolley watch figures for 2015 are frightening, yesterday we saw 424 people on trolleys, with 33 here in Our Lady of Lourdes. We are calling for the government to increase the number of hospital beds available in the system. This will help get patients off trolleys and into hospital beds in wards where they belong.”

“Sinn Féin has also identified the need to recruit more emergency department nurses. We must increase home help hours and home care packages, to help alleviate the pressure hospitals find themselves under. Funding for the Fair Deal Scheme must be further increased. We need more nursing home beds in order to improve the capacity of public nursing home provision.”

“This motion is about the opportunity to make different choices. I am calling on all Louth TDs to do the right thing and to vote in favour of the Sinn Féin private members motion “