Sunday 25 September 2016

'This is not a problem that can be solved quickly' - Health Minister on A&E overcrowding

John Brennan

Published 04/01/2016 | 18:32

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar pictured speaking to the media at St James Hospital. Picture; GERRY MOONEY.
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar pictured speaking to the media at St James Hospital. Picture; GERRY MOONEY.
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar pictured at St James Hospital speaking with Maureen McEvoy from Drimnagh. Picture; GERRY MOONEY.
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar pictured speaking to the media at St James Hospital. Picture; GERRY MOONEY.
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar pictured speaking to the media at St James Hospital. Picture; GERRY MOONEY.
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar pictured arriving at St James Hospital. Picture; GERRY MOONEY.
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar pictured arriving at St James Hospital. Picture; GERRY MOONEY.
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar pictured speaking to the media at St James Hospital. Picture; GERRY MOONEY

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has said that the trolley problem in hospitals will require “improvements over the next number of years”.

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The minister's comments come after the number of people on hospital trolleys has soared in the past few days.

Despite this, the Health Minister maintained that overcrowding was down by between “10 and 15pc this year”.

Minister Varadkar spoke outside St James Hospital and visited a number of other hospitals throughout the day to 'see the situation' for himself.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar pictured arriving at St James Hospital. Picture; GERRY MOONEY.
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar pictured arriving at St James Hospital. Picture; GERRY MOONEY.

The minister visited six separate hospital A&E departments today.

“This is not a problem that can be solved quickly, it’s been around for about 20 years – we’re in better shape than we are last year," he said.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar pictured arriving at St James Hospital. Picture; GERRY MOONEY.
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar pictured arriving at St James Hospital. Picture; GERRY MOONEY.

He said he also found that there was “significant variability from severe overcrowding in Beaumount and Drogheda, to St James where there isn’t overcrowding”.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar pictured speaking to the media at St James Hospital. Picture; GERRY MOONEY.
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar pictured speaking to the media at St James Hospital. Picture; GERRY MOONEY.

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