Fianna Fáil Deputy for Mayo Lisa Chambers has called on the Minister for Health and the Government to remove their heads from the sand and address the overcrowding issue at Mayo University Hospital’s Emergency Department.
Speaking on the matter, Deputy Chambers said “Despite numerous calls to address the overcrowding issue, Mayo University Hospital’s Emergency Department continues to operate way above its intended capacity”
“Information provided to me through a parliamentary question, shows that the intended monthly patient capacity of the Emergency Department is 2,080 however it is currently operating 40% over capacity with a monthly average of 2,920 patients,” she continued.
“This is completely unacceptable, I have been highlighting this issue for a number of years as have others and this Government has done nothing to date to address this serious issue despite being well aware of it and this risk it poses to patients,” she said.
“The Emergency Department is catering for larger numbers than ever before, partly due to the closure of Roscommon E.D along with an ageing population. There are increased demands on our Health service and we will not see a situation where patient numbers are going to reduce, in fact the opposite is true, patient numbers are likely to increase,” she stated.
“In light of this, the Government needs to remove its head from the sand and take immediate steps to increase resources, both staff and bed capacity, and provide a properly functioning health service in Mayo.”