Power concerned about escalating crisis at Beaumont A&E

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Beaumont has highest number of patients on trolleys in the country

Senator Averil Power has raised concerns about a deepening overcrowding crisis at Beaumont Hospital due to the Government’s agenda of shutting down nursing home beds and downgrading community hospitals.

Senator Power was commenting after the latest figures shows that Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital has 38 patients waiting on trolleys today – the highest number in the country.

“The number of patients waiting on trolleys across the country reached record levels this winter,” said Senator Power.

“The most worrying thing is that the Minister for Health James Reilly is now perusing a policy to close down up to 898 community hospital beds this year and close down a number of public nursing homes in Dublin and the commuter belt. This will push even more people into the acute hospital system, so overcrowding at Dublin’s major hospitals will only get worse.

“This Government’s health policy is fundamentally flawed. Slashing services at community level will put even more pressure on the acute hospitals in Dublin, which are already far too overcrowded. Patients will face even longer waiting lists for the medical attention they need.

“I am urging Minister Reilly to reconsider this short-sighted policy.  It makes absolutely no sense to force older people or community hospital patients into the acute hospital system. I am also urging him to carefully monitor the over-crowding situation at Beaumont over the coming weeks and to meet with hospital management if the situation gets worse.”

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