16 January 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The opening of closed wards at Monaghan General Hospital so beds there could be used to alleviate the serious overcrowding afflicting hospitals in other locations in the region was one measure advocated during a debate at Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council.

The failure of successive governments to address the high numbers of patients waiting on trolleys in Accident & Emergency Departments was also emphasised by speakers to a Fianna Fáil notice of urgent business calling on Minister for Health Leo Varadkar TD and the Fine Gael-led Government to take immediate action to tackle the crisis engulfing hospital A & E Departments at the present time in order to protect patients.

The motion was moved by Robbie Gallagher, who noted that last week over 600 people had been recorded as lying on trolleys awaiting a hospital bed, with 50 people in this region waiting at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. Stating that this was the biggest and greatest crisis facing the health service, Colr Gallagher remarked that people were so used to hearing about patients lying on trolleys that they forget they were often old people placed in makeshift accommodation for days on end, which was nothing but a form of cruelty.

“A solution needs to be put forward,” Colr Gallagher stated. He had heard the Minister stating that non-emergency surgery in hospitals should be cancelled, and a doctor advising people not to attend at A & E – there was a fear in people over ….


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