Fianna Fáil say patience with Health Minister is wearing thin

Fianna Fáil say patience with Health Minister is wearing thin
Simon Harris TD. “Minister Harris is now nine months in the job. Patience among all those who interact with the health service is wearing thin," Fianna Fál Health Spokesperson Billy KelleherPhoto: Sam Boal

THE public's patience is wearing thin with Minister for Health Simon Harris due to the lack of progress on healthcare, Fianna Fáil health spokesperson Billy Kelleher has said.

Cork University Hospital (CUH) has consistently been one of the most overcrowded in the country since the peak of the trolley crisis in January, and Mr Kelleher said that Mr Harris, who said last week that the situation has improved, needed to step back from PR and start focusing on taking action.

“Time after time, the Minister says that he is committed to doing more, and to finding a long term solution. Time and time again, his commitments fail to materialise, and we fall back even more.

“Minister Harris is now nine months in the job. Patience among all those who interact with the health service is wearing thin. We need to see more action on the part of the Minister, rather than yet more PR,” said Mr Kelleher.

“Last week, Minister Harris made the very bold declaration that ‘the situation had improved," said Mr Kelleher.

On Tuesday, there were 531 people on trolleys and in extra ward beds, with 43 in CUH, the second highest after University Hospital Limerick.

“I’m not sure what metric the Minister uses to determine success, but 61 people on trolleys in Limerick and 531 nationwide hardly seems.

“The Minister needs to stop attempting to just tell the Irish public a good story, and instead put the resources into the system that are so urgently needed," he added.

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