Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams described the HSE Service plan for 2017, which was published this week, as “deeply disappointing and insufficient to deal with the crisis in the health service and very directly for the provision of services in Our Lady of Lourdes and mental health provision in the constituency.”
Teachta Adams said:
“My colleague Louise O’Reilly TD recently received a breakdown from the HSE on the use of the full capacity protocol in hospitals across the state. This is the ‘last escalation step in the framework’ used when hospitals, and in particular emergency departments are under severe stress.
The report revealed that Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda has deployed its full capacity protocol 147 times between Jan 1st and November 16 of this year. That means that for almost half of this year (45%) OLOL required the application of the highest state of alert and co-ordination to meet the demands of its emergency department.
For the last two week’s trolley numbers across the state have significantly increased. On a daily basis there have been above 400 waiting in our emergency departments, including OLOL. This week those numbers were well above 500.
In addition, there is no comprehensive plan to ensure the implementation of the state wide maternity strategy; mental health services are only getting the additional €15 million outlined in the Budget which is not enough to provide the service needed and especially the new facilities required at Ladywell in Dundalk; nor is there any provision for additional home help hours which are especially needed in Louth to ensure that hospital beds are not filled as a result of delayed discharges.
The HSE plan will deliver nothing but a continuation of the chaos in our hospitals and the inequality that permeates throughout the health system.