Wednesday 23 August 2017

Suffering of elderly on trolleys sends chilling message to health chief

'So what is Mr Harris to do? The one mistake he should not make is to sell us the dream of some panacea which will take years to materialise.' Photo: RollingNews.ie
'So what is Mr Harris to do? The one mistake he should not make is to sell us the dream of some panacea which will take years to materialise.' Photo: RollingNews.ie
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Beach-weather temperatures may have hit almost 22C yesterday but there was no respite for the 343 long-suffering patients across the country who endured hours on trolleys.

In fact, yesterday must have proved chilling for new Health Minister Simon Harris.

The long-delayed HSE performance report for February laid bare how 2,700 patients aged over 75 languished on trolleys for more than 24 hours during another chaotic month in emergency departments as overcrowding escalated.

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