Monday 10 December 2018

Paramedic tells of 'third world' conditions

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin
Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A paramedic has told how he saw children "in absolute agony" lying on trolleys in corridors in one of the country's busiest hospitals.

Willie Bermingham's daughter Ruby (7) suffered a ruptured appendix and had to be rushed to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, on Tuesday.

He described how children lined the corridors due to the overcrowded conditions.

Mr Bermingham, a member of Dublin Fire Brigade, praised hospital staff saying it was thanks to them that Ruby is now on the road to recovery.

"The only elastic that is holding that hospital together is the staff. They had no space for people, they were overrun with patients left over from night shifts and more admissions kept coming.

"There were five kids in last night with their appendix - all acute, urgent surgeries and the staff were flat to the mat. Some of the children were in agony."

He said as a paramedic he has become used to seeing "third world" conditions in hospitals.

Irish Independent

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