“This government has failed our nurses and midwives” says Limerick TD

first_imgPrint TAGSDailgovernmentMaurice Quinlivan TDMidwivesnursesSinn Feinuniversity hospital limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLimerick’s Live 95FM is Limerick’s most listened to radio stationNext articleChamber function addressed by top entrepreneur Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Trolley crisis at UHL shames the Minister – Maurice Quinlivan T.D. Limerick Sinn Féin TD Maurice QuinlivanSinn Féin’s Maurice Quinlivan TD today said that this government has failed our nurses and midwives and they are not addressing the pay, recruitment and retention crisis in our health service. Deputy Quinlivan was speaking on a Sinn Féin motion that was debated in the Dáil on Wednesday afternoon.Speaking in the Dáil, Teachta Quinlivan said:“Every one of us will rely on nurses and medical staff when we are sick and at our weakest and most vulnerable during some stage of our lives.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The work these people do on a daily basis is incredible and to provide good pay and working conditions should not even be up for debate.“I always hear stories from constituents in Limerick, as to how impressive and hardworking nurses and health service staff in University Hospital Limerick are.“Staff in UHL are under severe pressure due to lack of staff, beds and investment, and they try their very best to ensure patients get the best treatment each day.“They need help from their government, and Fine Gael is absolutely not providing this.“Just last week, an 85 year old woman, Anastasia Coonan, was left on a trolley in the brand new A&E department in UHL for four days, after being admitted with a suspected stroke.“That is a horrific way to treat a woman of that age, with a serious medical condition.“It is left to the nurses to try and squeeze patients onto corridors, in a chronically overcrowded hospital, and left to the nurses to apologise to the patients and their families, when it couldn’t be further from their fault.“I often speak about the dreadful overcrowding in UHL, it’s the worst in the country, and I’ve called on Minister Harris to step in and address the chaos. Nothing has been done to alleviate the problems there. Nothing. Today 54 people are lying on trollies in UHL. Minister you’ve actually normalised this trolley crisis.“The HSE is struggling to attract home Irish nurses who have emigrated. That’s not surprising. There is a chasm to be bridged in making our system more attractive to work in, compared to other health systems abroad, and I’ve no confidence in this government doing that.“Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have consistently looked after bankers and big business whenever called on, yet left essential frontline staff such as nurses, begging for adequate treatment. It’s a disgrace.“Sinn Féin would not allow this scandal in our health service to continue. ” Mr. Quinlivan concluded.More about politics here. WhatsApp Linkedin Facebookcenter_img Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins appointed as Minister of State NewsPolitics“This government has failed our nurses and midwives” says Limerick TDBy Staff Reporter – April 26, 2018 1236 Sinn Féin bill to reinvest proceeds seized by CAB in disadvantaged communities passes first stage Twitter Long gynaecological waiting lists must be addressed– Maurice Quinlivan T.D. Advertisement Decision to enter Phase 4 of reopening Ireland deferred to August 10 Drug task force is starved of fundinglast_img read more