Sinn Féin brings hospital trolley crisis to the floor of the Dáil

Sinn Féin has tonight put forward a motion for debate in the Dáil on the trolley and overcrowding crisis in Emergency Departments and hospitals across the country setting out deliverable solutions that put patient care centre stage.

Sinn Féin Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald said:

“The objective of Sinn Féin’s debate is to bring the issue of the trolley and overcrowding crisis in our health service to the Government’s door. The solutions we have set out tonight would resolve the crisis in our health service for the long-term. My own local hospital, the Mater,  has had unacceptable numbers of patients left languishing on trollies.

“Tonight we proposed that the Emergency Department Taskforce work on a permanent basis monitoring the situation nationwide and report on problems to be proactively tackled to increasing investment for transitional care beds, adequate step-down facilities, home care packages, and home help hours to ensure that all patients who can be moved home or to a more appropriate care setting are.

“Our motion also deals with two critical areas of service delivery – tackling the issue of capacity in hospitals by reopening all hospital beds closed and addressing the recruitment and retention crisis across all grades in the health service.

“Working conditions, working environment, training opportunities, promotion opportunities, and pay are all blockages to resourcing a fit for purpose health service.  Sinn Féin would establish a commission on pay in the health service for medical professionals and healthcare workers.

“Sinn Féin has put forward a detailed motion jam-packed with deliverable solutions to the current trolley crisis, and we have published detailed costed peer-reviewed policy documents to address the systematic problems in the health service for the long term.

“It’s time now for the Government to implement in full the recommendations in the Sláintecare report as a matter of urgency.”