Wednesday 26 April 2017

We are failing when people aged 102 are left on trolleys

Rose O’Halloran, aged 102, waited 26 hours for a hospital bed in Tallaght hospital
Rose O’Halloran, aged 102, waited 26 hours for a hospital bed in Tallaght hospital
Sara Burke

Sara Burke

Nine weeks after the publication of the Emergency Department Task Force Action Plan and nine years after then-health minister Mary Harney declared A&E overcrowding a 'national emergency', some of our oldest citizens are being exposed to 'forms of torture' in this country's Emergency Departments (EDs).

Reports of two women, both over 100 years of age, having to wait on trolleys for over 24 hours in the last week has put this endemic issue of unsafe bottlenecks in EDs back on the public and political radar.

There is no excuse or justification for any older person waiting this long for a bed.

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