Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said the contributions he heard from family members and former patients of South Tipperary General Hospital Emergency Department made for a deeply disturbing and emotional experience. Deputy McGrath was speaking after a public meeting he had organised in the Community Hall Cahir last night, which was aimed at facilitating a platform for those with experience of the chronic over-crowding in the hospital department:
Deputy McGrath was speaking after a public meeting he had organised in the Community Hall Cahir last night, which was aimed at facilitating a platform for those with experience of the chronic over-crowding in the hospital department:
“The meeting last night was a direct insight into the reality that many members of our communities have had to endure due to the persistently high patient to trolley ratio at South Tipp General.
Some of the accounts were truly harrowing and put the matter into a far more immediate, real life perspective. What was truly shocking to hear however is the amount of pressure that is placed on staff due to a crushing amount of concern at management level with bureaucratic procedures.
No one is saying that there must be a certain amount of procedural formalities but from what we heard last night the situation is out of control and actively working against effective patient care.
While I was delighted to have been joined by Deputy Seamus Healy, Borough Councillor Gabrielle Egan and Cllr Richie Molloy, as well as local election candidate Martin Lonergan, it was genuinely dispiriting to see that not one Fine Gael TD or Councillor cared enough to turn up.
On foot of the meeting last night I look forward to my meeting with hospital management this week, to which I will bring all of the concerns I heard last night. For example how it be the case that the patients have had to wash in showers that have had blood stains on them for three consecutive days?
I am also very worried about fears that were expressed about the amount of pressure that young doctors are being subjected too as they attempt to carry out their duties over the course of extremely long shifts.
Last night’s meeting was just the first step in a series of actions designed to bring a more direct action approach to the matters that are crippling our communities.
We can talk till the cows come home but what we need and what patients want is a functioning A&E with all available beds opened to deal with the chronic problem of over-crowding,” concluded Deputy McGrath.