Large Crowds Brave Sub Zero Temperatures To Protest A&E Crisis
Large Crowds joined protests in Navan, Drogheda, Cavan, Mullingar, Ennis, Limerick and Nenagh today to protest against the deteriorating conditions in A&Es throughout Ireland. Organizer of the event Peadar Tóibín TD stated
"What we are seeing happening today is the development of National Hospital Campaign. People are deeply frustrated that timely access to emergency services is being denied from hundreds of thousands of people who desperately need it every year. The old and the infirm and the sick are materially suffering due to the A&E crisis. From 100,000 people waiting on trolleys, to record waiting times, to children forced to sleep in cars out side of A&E to Drogheda Hospital becoming a long term car park for ambulances seeking to deposit patients, to the lack of ambulances to deal with emergence calls, to Doctor Off Call services due to the lack of staff, people had had enough. Given all of that, no our region cannot understand how the HSE would even consider closing A&E in Meath".
"At the heart of the problem is the HSE who are a law unto itself. Its clear that HSE management are becoming completely isolated on these issues. 17 Consultants in Drogheda, 4 in Mullingar, hundreds of GPs, Nurses and hospital staff in Navan have all written letters or signed petitions against the actions of the HSE management".
"On at least 4 occasions this year the Minister for Health has rejected the authority of the Minister. Currently in Meath no one knows what exactly is the A&E bypass protocol for Navan Hospital because the HSE and the Minister are in contradiction with each other. This is an incredible situation when 2 days before a bypass is to be implemented no one knows what it consists of. The Minister needs to get a grip now immediately".
"We have had enough. We will not tolerate it anymore. The HSE have seen nothing yet. We will build a National Hospital Campaign through out this state to fight for patients rights. There should be no tolerable level deaths occurring because of overcrowded A&Es in this country and anyone, public servant or Minister presiding over such a situation should go".