News Editorial

Saturday 25 March 2017

Where is the response to our hospital crisis?

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Editorial

Editorial

Where we might expect outrage or anger, we have instead come to tolerate decades of overcrowding and understaffing at our hospitals. Delays that can run into days would not be accepted in any other European country, nor should they be.

The scandal - for that is what it has become - of patients left on trolleys in emergency departments, and the scarcity of nurses and doctors that prevents the provision of beds, hardly merits a mention in Government.

There are no emergency cabinet meetings. Atrophy and resignation seem to pervade; there is no resolve to sort out the chaos in our hospitals. There is stagnation and dysfunction - and the elderly and infirm bear the brunt.

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