“300 people were waiting on trolleys in A&E departments two and a half years ago and the then Labour Spokesperson on Health Jan O’Sullivan said the health system was ‘being run into the ground, where morale is at an all time low, and where local communities are being systematically deprived of the healthcare to which they are entitled.’
“How does Labour’s position then stack up now with 352 people waiting on trolleys today, more than a 100 of them for over 12 hours,” Fianna Fáil’s Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher has said.
On October 13th 2009 now Minister Jan O’Sullivan said the trolley figures was ‘shocking, but hardly a surprise’. One year in Government and the Fine Gael/Labour programme to force private health cover on everyone in the country is in chaos, thousands of people are leaving the health insurance market altogether and the number of people on trolleys remains stubbornly high.
“When will the Government finally acknowledge that its health strategy is not working and that the command structure in the HSE is more chaotic under this government?
“Funding that was making progress through the National Treatment Purchase Fund, where people were treated after just six months, has been diverted to the Special Delivery Unit where people have to wait up to 12 months before their procedures are progressed.
“Minister Reilly and his colleagues in Labour are actually presiding over a less ambitious programme to ensure patients are treated in a timely manner.”