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.