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Scenes at Causeway Hospital confirmation of recent accounts - Brolly

East Derry Aontú Representative Gemma Brolly asks MLA's, refusing to return to work – how many deaths and increases in serious illness will it take to return to do the job they are being paid for?


“The latest scenes at Causeway Hospital unfortunately confirm the horrifying experience of so many in the Health Service” Aontú's Deputy leader states. “Recently, across the counties we have become aware of an increasing number of heartbreaking accounts of patients, from babies to the elderly waiting days for beds and too many who have died waiting for an ambulance.”


Brolly continues “Our health staff have been driven by unsafe conditions to industrial action. They demand the respect and fair pay they deserve and most importantly that the safety of patients becomes the priority rather than treating the NHS as a political football. We in Aontú stand with them, steadfast in their demand for an effective Health Service. Westminster neglect is partly to blame but most of that fault must be laid at the feet of the partnership parties at Stormont who cannot simply blame the Tories given that they have been in Power here for decades. The DUP are the leaders of a litany of incompetence, but they are not alone.”


The Aontú Deputy Leader concludes “The scenes we see daily are the direct result of endless underinvestment in our health system and the complete disrespect of it's workforce. They are the result of misplaced priorities with MLAs being paid generous wages for doing little while their constituents suffer the consequences. Our health system is way past the stage of sticking plasters, it needs a complete overhaul and it urgently needs representatives prepared to take the task head on. How many deaths and acts of incompetence must it take for MLA's to do the job they are paid for?”





By Aontú Press | 5 January, 2023

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