A ‘full blown crisis’ in the emergency department at South Tipperary General Hospital (STGH) requires ‘emergency action’, independent TD Seamus Healy told Taoiseach Enda Kenny last week in the Dail.
Deputy Healy’s warning came on the same day that 43-year-old Declan McGee from Clonmel, was forced to lie on a trolley in a corridor beside a number of vending machines in STGH.
Mr McGee underwent neurosurgery in Cork hospital following a brain haemorrhage, just a few days prior to his trolley ordeal. He was one of 29 patients on trolleys in the hospital that same day.
Meanwhile, independent TD Mattie McGrath is holding a public meeting on Monday, April 28 in Cahir Community Hall to highlight these ‘chronic and desperate conditions’ and will take the protest to the minister’s front door if necessary.
“If I have to I am prepared to take this protest to his stately home in Moneygall, where despite being on our border he still cannot find the time to come across into Tipperary to assess the situation himself.
Deputy McGrath said Minister Reilly is utterly blind to the scale of human pain that is being caused to individuals and their families as they wait for days, sometimes in the most embarrassing conditions for a bed.
“The Taoiseach has been parroting his usual lines about efforts being made at the hospital for the last six months and still nothing has happened. Either he is weak, indifferent, or lacking in the authority to intervene. The chances are he is all three on this issue,” said Deputy McGrath.
Alerting Mr Kenny to Mr McGee’s trolley experience, Deputy Healy asked him to personally take charge of the matter and to approve additional medical, nursing and support staff for the emergency department. He said there is provision of €30 million in the HSE national service plan’s ‘Critical Service Priorities’ for situations like this.
Deputy McGrath is urging family members of patients who have experienced the trolley crisis first hand to attend next Monday’s meeting.