March 13, 2018
Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD has criticised the government’s belated efforts to tackle the ongoing crisis of hospital overcrowding which reached a new peak this week.
Deputy Shortall was commenting on the latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives’ Organisation which show that the number of people on trolleys and wards awaiting hospital beds has risen to a new high of 714.
“The allocation last night of an additional €5 million to deal with the issues of delayed discharges is too little too late. €5 million is a drop in the ocean when you consider that 200 nursing home beds would cost €1.2 million for just one week.
Deputy Shortall proposed the following steps to tackle the ongoing crisis:
13 March 2018