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'People are not stupid. It's getting worse' – Ming hits out at services across Ireland


Luke 'Ming' Flanagan

Luke 'Ming' Flanagan


Luke 'Ming' Flanagan

Luke Ming Flanagan has claimed he had more dignity in prison than during a visit to an accident and emergency department with his baby daughter.

The MEP said he was ashamed when he came face to face with sick people on trolleys in what he described as a war-zone.

In a hard-hitting post on his Facebook page, he also criticised water supplies and road conditions in his native Co Roscommon, teacher pupil ratios and even mobile phone coverage in rural towns.

“We don't really expect much. An odd good summer and for the children not to have to take the boat when they're reared,” he wrote in the post which has gone viral.

“People are being told that things are getting better. People are not stupid. It's getting worse.”

Ming outlined how he took his seven-week-old daughter to an A&E department earlier this week, but first had to warn the babysitter not to use tap water when his two other daughters were brushing their teeth due to it being contaminated with cryptosporidium.

The former TD and wife Judith arrived at hospital with their screaming baby at 7pm, saw a nurse an hour later and a doctor two hours later, with their baby still crying.

“It was wall to wall with people on trolleys. Some had been there for two days,” he said.

”So what eh! Sure this is normal. After all things are improving!

“The war zone hospital scene in front my two eyes is this governments idea of improvement.

“The people on the trolleys looked both sick and sickened. When you are sick you want at least to be buffered from stress. All I could see and feel was stress.

“Doctors and nurses trying to manoeuvre around a maze of trolleys packed into corridors.

“’Howya Ming’ said one man. ‘Ashamed’, I said. We didn't need to elaborate.”

The post has already got almost 10,000 likes and has been shared nearly 4,000 times.

Ming told how a woman who had tried to take her own life was among those in the packed A&E, supported by her husband.

“The first line of treatment for this couple in unimaginable trauma was to be subjected to even more,” he said.

“Not even a space to themselves. I had felt more dignity the evening I was committed to Castlerea prison.”

The MEP said the nightmare worsened when he tried to call home to check on his daughters – there was no phone coverage at the hospital or at his home in the middle of a town.

After his baby daughter was given the all clear – the couple had feared she may be suffering from the affects of cryptosporidium if her bottle had been accidentally contaminated – they travelled home discussing the services in this country,

“You can't drink the water. If your child does and gets sick then they must endure the torture of an overcrowded understaffed A&E. That's if you can get there on time,” he continued.

“You can't ring home with news because the phones don't work. When you try to get to and from the A&E you must put up with diabolical road conditions."

Ming, who also raised concerns over teacher-pupil ratios,  said Government politicians cry that it is easy to be in opposition.

“No it's not. It's torture,” he wrote. “It's torture to watch everything falling around our ears while at same time our government tells us things are getting better.

“We are a warned about the sinister fringe. How much more sinister can it get than the way things are at the moment?

“While we struggle to provide basic services for our citizens we at the same time continue to bail out the European banking system.

“The interest alone on the odious bank debt is €1.6bn per annum. So even when you pay to get services there are cut to the bone because the banker must be paid first.”

Ming said he has been inspired by the amount of people taking to the streets in recent weeks, and called on people to expect more.

“Why shouldn't you? Keep expecting and eventually you will get it,” he added.

“Keep it up. Bring on December 10th and bring this government to its knees.”

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