Sligo /Leitrim Deputy Martin Kenny has called on the Minister for Health to step in immediately and provide funding for additional staff amid concerns over overcrowding and understaffing at the emergency department at Sligo University Hospital.
He says he has spoken to both staff and patients over recent weeks who are concerned about what is happening in the emergency department of the hospital.
The Sinn Fein deputy claims it’s quite normal for patients to wait on a trolley between 12 and 18 hours for a bed in the hospital, with some waiting for 48 hours in extreme cases.
The deputy has written to Minister Stephen Donnelly asking him to meet these nurses and patients face-to-face to explain exactly why they are expected to treat – or be treated – in unacceptable conditions at present.
The deputy has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about what he terms a crisis...