TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has admitted the conditions faced by patients in the country’s hospitals is “not an acceptable” situation.
Mr Kenny came under fire in the Dail over the escalating hospital crisis which has left hundreds of patients waiting for medical attention on trolleys.
The opposition raised concerns made by a doctor from Beaumont Hospital who described conditions in the hospital as “healthcare Guantanamo”.
The Irish Independent today revealed how the doctor wrote to the HSE boss Tony O’Brien complaining that the hospital had become a "centre for mediocrity and misery for patients".
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin said patients were treated with a “complete absence of dignity” in the health service.
Mr Martin raised the case of Gerry Feeney, who was found by family members in a soiled state in Beaumont Hospital.
He said the trolley crisis had not become more manageable since Health Minister Leo Varadkar took charge but rather it had become worse.
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said there was 520 people on trolleys this morning and called on the Taoiseach to prioritise addressing the crisis.
Mr Kenny said Minister Varadkar established a task force to review the demand for more hospital beds.
The Taoiseach said he is looking at increasing the fair deal scheme and said he opened 1,000 new beds across the country to deal with delayed discharges.