Swollen trolley lists blasted as ‘disgrace’

by Gazette Reporter
Trolley crisis 2018

Sinn Fein have blasted an increase in the number of children waiting on trolleys at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, with Dublin South Central TD Aengus O Snodaigh describing it as “unacceptable and a disgrace”.
Deputy O Snodaigh was reacting to information received in a reply from the HSE to a parliamentary question (PQ) he tabled, which showed that from September 2, 2013, to July 24, 2017, the number of such trolley waits recorded was 147, 502, 603, 949 and 666 respectively.
He said: “There was a total number of 2,867 children who were placed on trolleys when seeking treat-ment at Our Lady’s Hospital A&E Unit from September 2013 to July.
“This is a scandalous figure, particularly as the numbers rose consecutively with 2016’s total of 949 [children] being the worse year recorded.
“However, this is likely to be surpassed in 2017 – as of July, there had been 666 children waiting on trolleys, meaning there is every possibility that by the year’s end, well over a thousand children will have been left waiting on trolleys in the Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
“The fact that children are being mistreated in this way is nothing short of disgraceful and the situation at Our Lady’s is unacceptable. This is an incredibly damning state of affairs …
“Minister Harris needs to immediately address this disgraceful situation. This is not how a compas-sionate, first-world health service should be run.”
Deputy O Snodaigh also criticised the level of available in-patient beds at the Coombe Women’s and Infants University Hospital and Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin.
A HSE reply to another PQ he had tabled showed between 2006-2016, the number of in-patient beds at the Coombe and Crumlin Children’s hospitals had been reduced from 207 to 189, and 210 to 182 respectively.
He said: “In the same reply I received from the HSE, they confirmed that the number of day case places in the Coombe had remained static at 26, whilst there had been a marginal increase from 31 to 44 places available in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital.
“The total in-patient and day-case beds available in both hospitals has therefore reduced over a ten-year period.”

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