'I back nurses', says sister of patient left standing for 12 hours
A Dublin man was left standing in A&E for 12 hours because no chair was available for him to sit on.
Noel McDermott (52) stood in the Mater Hospital as staff couldn't provide him with a trolley or even a chair to sit on while he waited, his sister Catherine McDermott has claimed.
Mr McDermott has a history of health problems, including two stents in his heart, and was awaiting a third before he suffered a heart attack. He is still seriously ill in hospital.
"I think Noel wouldn't be in the situation he's in today if there had have been more nurses on that Saturday evening before he took the cardiac arrest," she told the Irish Independent.
But she backed the prospect of nurses' industrial action to protest against the lack of staff and challenging conditions they and patients are facing.
"If they are going out on strike, so be it. They need to. They need more nurses up there." She does not blame the nurses, who she says are "overloaded".
"The nurse had to be called away from another patient and she didn't mean to be annoyed, but she had no time for chit-chat.
"Nurses are meant to be comforting to a patient and that's not the case because they don't have time. Everything is hurried.
"There's no time to speak to family members because they need to get to the next patient."
A spokeswoman for the HSE Ireland East Hospitals Group did not return calls for comment last night.