The HSE has blamed a “surge in presentations” at the emergency department in South Tipperary General Hospital for the latest bout of overcrowding which has seen the hospital record the third-highest level of patients on trolleys in the country.
Local politicians have reacted with anger to the situation at the hospital in Clonmel, with Labour MEP Phil Prendergast criticising her government colleague Dr James Reilly.
Phil Prendergast said yesterday the health minister Dr Reilly should address the overcrowding “instead of taking credit for the smoking ban” this week.
“The current situation is horrendous, with many patients not even having access to the necessary equipment and blankets.”
The latest figures compiled by the Irish Nurses’ and Midwives’ Organisation (INMO) showed that South Tipperary General Hospital had 19 people on trollies on Monday.
An “appalled” Mattie McGrath said a request for Minister Reilly to have a meeting on the subject was dismissed by the minister’s office.He accused the minister of a lack of interest in a crisis situation. The number of patients forced to await admission on trolleys at South Tipperary General Hospital emergency department is absolutely unacceptable and is reminiscent of Third World conditions said Deputy Seamus Healy.
The HSE apologised for “the inconvenience” to patients and said surge in presentations to the emergency department has been experienced in recent days, “In one period over Friday evening/Saturday morning, where up to 50 might be expected to present, there were in fact double that number,” it said.