Over 2,000 Patients Spent Time on Trolleys at Letterkenny University Hospital during 2016

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has reacted angrily to the latest trolley watch figures from Letterkenny University Hospital for 2016 which reveal that last year, some 2,047 patients spent time on trolleys and chairs at the hospital’s Emergency Department while awaiting admission for treatment.

Deputy Doherty said that the figures, which form part of the Irish Nurses and Midwives’ Organisation’s ‘Ward Watch’ campaign, clearly demonstrate that Government policy is continuing to create chaos in our health service and is putting patient lives in danger.

Deputy Doherty said:

“2016 was yet again another year of absolute chaos at Letterkenny University Hospital’s Emergency Department, where over the last 12 months more than 2,000 patients were forced to wait on trolleys and chairs before being admitted for treatment.

“Despite having spent every year since first having been elected to the Dáil continuously raising the problem of overcrowding at the hospital with successive governments, the situation at Letterkenny is today one of absolute chaos for patients, and for hospital staff.

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The so-called "new politics" of Fine Gael & Fianna Fáil means overcrowded hospitals and patients on trolleys - Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Donegal TD Pearse Doherty has sharply criticised the government and Fianna Fáil for their failure to address the crisis in the public health service.

Deputy Doherty made the comments as 25 patients lay on trolleys in Letterkenny General Hospital today. 578 people are in the same situation in hospitals throughout the state.

He said;

"This week, the number of patients on trolleys throughout the state surpassed 600. This morning, there are 578 people suffering this indignity.

"Donegal hasn't escaped the impact of the crisis with 25 people on trolleys in Letterkenny today and patients waiting up to twenty hours to secure a bed.

"The conditions in the hospital have been described as a 'battle zone' by Dr Gerry Lane who also highlighted the frightening reality of staff being reduced to tears by the situation.

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Full Capacity Protocol deployed at Letterkenny Hospital over 100 times last year- Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has revealed that the full capacity protocol at Letterkenny University Hospital was deployed over 100 times last year.

In response to a parliamentary question, management at the hospital confirmed that by late December, they had recorded 103 occasions when the protocol was initiated.

Senator Mac Lochlainn said:

“These figures are a damning indictment of this Government. The full capacity protocol is supposed to be deployed or initiated as a last resort. The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) have repeatedly conveyed their strong opposition to the use of the protocol. They have real concerns that the full capacity protocol can increase overcrowding in wards and with this, the risk of infections.

There is also the reality that operations and procedures for people on hospital waiting lists are being further delayed. You are robbing Peter to pay Paul.

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Doherty Heaps Praise on Local Community as Decision is Made to Retain Postal Services in Dunlewey

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has welcomed confirmation from An Post that a decision has been taken to retain Postal services in Dunlewey after it was revealed that the company plans to roll out a dedicated An Post ‘Post Point Plus’ service in the village.

Commenting on the announcement which comes following the completion of a process of Public Consultation initiated to examine the future of postal services in Dunlewey, Deputy Doherty praised the work of the local community throughout the consultation process and has credited their efforts for An Post’s decision to retain postal services.

Deputy Doherty said:

“Today’s announcement from An Post that the company has decided to retain postal services in Dunlewey following public consultation is to be very much welcomed.

“The company has confirmed that it will now commit to the introduction of a dedicated ‘Post Point Plus’ facility which will be transferred to an existing business in the village and which allows for the continuation of the majority of services presently available to customers in the area, with the exclusion of financial services.

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