A local TD says his own mother’s difficult experience in a local A&E Unit last weekend has further brought home to him the extent to which the health service is in “crisis”.
Deputy Eugene Murphy says his 82-year-old mother was left sitting on a chair in the Emergency Department at Portiuncula Hospital for twelve hours.
The Fianna Fáil TD says overcrowding and long waiting periods continue to be an issue at the hospital where “the trolley crisis is now a year-round emergency”.
Deputy Murphy: “There was always an issue with overcrowding during winter months due to seasonal flu, but now the trolley crisis seems to be going on throughout the year.
“Only last week my own 82-year-old mother had to wait for over 12 hours sitting on a chair in the Emergency Department of Portiuncula Hospital. She was sitting from 6.30 pm on a Friday evening until after 7 am on Saturday morning. Apart from the obvious discomfort, there was no vending or coffee machine working in the Emergency Department waiting area and my mother was also very concerned about a number of children who spent the night in buggies waiting in the ED.
“I must stress that this isn’t just about my mother but it’s an issue for so many families who find themselves or their loved ones in these situations”.
Deputy Murphy said that the staff, “who are working under extreme conditions” were excellent.
Deputy Murphy said the process of discharging patients who are well enough to go home or to a step-down facility must be speeded up. He also called for “idle” wards in Irish hospitals to be opened up. Deputy Murphy called on Health Minister Simon Harris and the HSE to outline their plans for the forthcoming winter.