Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has expressed his “deep concern at the ongoing crisis in Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda and the state wide numbers of patients still languishing each day on trolleys
The Louth TD criticised the “decision of Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil to block a Sinn Féin motion on the first day of the new Dáil that would have allowed the questioning and scrutiny of the work of the caretaker Ministers, including the Minister for Health, as well as calling for the scrapping of water charges.”
The March 22nd meeting of the Dáil will not be able to hold Ministers to account and to scrutinise their decisions or the work of the departments.”
Gerry Adams TD said:
“On Thursday on the first day of the 32nd Dáil emergency departments in hospitals across the state had one of their worst days for trolley numbers. There were 511 on trolleys. Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda had 38 people on trolleys.
On Friday that number was 493 state-wide and 25 in Our Lady of Lourdes.
The crisis in the emergency departments remains undiminished.
This chaos in our health service is a direct consequence of the bad policies of the Fine Gael and Labour government, and of Fianna Fail before them.
Last year 92,998 people were treated on trolleys in hospitals. This is the highest ever number of patients since 2006 and represents an increase of 21% in hospital overcrowding.
The irresponsible decision by Fianna Fáil to close essential services and to downgrade Louth County hospital is a significant cause of the crisis in Our Lady of Lourdes.
All of the establishment parties have promised at one time or another that they will end the crisis in the health service and all have broken this promise.”