TD slams Tullamore and Portlaoise hospital waiting times

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TD slams Tullamore and Portlaoise hospital waiting times

TD slams Tullamore and Portlaoise hospital waiting times

Laois TD and future Laois-Offaly election candidate Brian Stanley has condemned growing waiting times at Tullamore and Portlaoise hospitals.

Figures released for all of 2018 to Sinn Féin by the HSE highlight the number of elderly patients, those over 75, who had to wait over 24 hours for care in Emergency Departments (ED) last year. A total of 581 were forced to wait in excess of this time in Tullamore Hospital and 99 at Portlaoise Hospital, according to Deputy Stanley.

“Older patients are often among the most vulnerable people in our hospitals due to their age and the additional medical needs that can sometimes accompany ageing, and the numbers across Offaly and Laois show a disregard for their care. These patients need to be treated urgently to prevent escalation of injury and ensure safe and swift treatment," Stanley said.

“It is very worrying that 14,041 patients across the State over 75 years old were not seen within the HSE 24-hour target timeframe last year - an increase of 2,821 older patients than in 2017. Portlaoise Hospital saw a figure of 99 patients over 75 waiting in ED's over 24 hours and Tullamore saw the incredible figure of 581 last year."

“The staff in our hospitals still do an amazing job and they are doing more with less resources. They are treating more patients even though there is a recruitment and retention crisis across all areas of the health service."

“All the while patients and staff are being failed by the Minister and by this government," Deputy Stanley added.

“The solution is more capacity, more staff, more beds and the implementation of Sláintecare which will create a proper Public Health System. However, the government are damaging capital projects across the State due to the children’s hospital massive overspend. They appear to have little interest in implementing Sláintecare."