While 51 patients are on trolleys waiting for a bed for admission to University Hospital Galway today, there are two wards on the top floor of the hospital closed, because of a lack of staff. That’s according to Tuam based Fianna Fail councillor Donagh Killalea.

The councillor, who is a member of the HSE West Forum, told Midwest News today that serious questions must be asked about management of the hospital and in addition he has again called on the government to immediately lift the national employment embargo on nursing staff.

While long time campaigner for better facilities at University Hospital Galway, Headford based FF councillor Mary Hoade, says whoever forms the next government the delivery of the long promised new Emergency Dept for UHG, must be part of the programme for government, and delivered as a priority.

The cllr told Midwest News that numbers like 50 or more patients waiting on trolleys at UHG are becoming a daily occurrence and she says that’s very worrying.

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