More beds must be opened at Naas Hospital

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Paul O'Meara

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More beds must be opened at Naas Hospital

Naas General Hospital

More beds are needed at Naas Hospital according to former Labour TD Emmet Stagg, who has criticised the Minister for Health and the HSE for a rise the level of overcrowding at the hospital.

He also said there is a lack of urgency about preparing for the inevitable escalation of the problem as Winter approaches.

He pointed out that on two days this week there were 33 (Monday) and 34 (Wednesday) patients on trolleys at Naas Hospital.

“Waiting on trolleys is an indignity to the patients, an added concern for their health, and distressing for patients and their families. Nursing staff at the hospital’s emergency department are doing their best but the lack of bed capacity causes the inevitable trolley crisis,” who is the party candidate in the next general election.

He sought information from the Minister for Health about additional beds being provided before Winter and was advised by that preparations and planning for winter 2018/19 have started at hospital group and local level.

The Department of Health is working with the HSE to ensure that these local and regional plans are consolidated and supported through a plan at national level to ensure the most effective response to the winter challenges to unscheduled care provision.

Work is being done to identify the location and mix of beds across the hospital system, which can be opened and staffed this year and into 2019 to improve preparedness for Winter 2018/2019. A submission received from the HSE in this regard is under consideration.

Mr. Stagg added since last June the Minister and the Department have had the submission from the HSE about additional beds that can be opened and staffed and yet they are still examining it.

He said this delay coupled with the failure to plan for the onset of Winter is “simply not good enough”.