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The Emergency Department at Beaumount Hospital. Photo: Collins

The Emergency Department at Beaumount Hospital. Photo: Collins

This Fine Gael leaflet from the 2007 General Election campaign made very clear Enda Kenny’s view on the issue of waiting lists and patients waiting on trolleys in hospitals

This Fine Gael leaflet from the 2007 General Election campaign made very clear Enda Kenny’s view on the issue of waiting lists and patients waiting on trolleys in hospitals

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The Emergency Department at Beaumount Hospital. Photo: Collins

So where is Leo Varadkar when he is most needed? As the numbers of very sick people on trolleys hit a record high and hospitals went into full meltdown in the first week in January, Mr Varadkar was uncharacteristically nowhere to be seen or heard.

Just two weeks after Varadkar convened an Emergency Department Taskforce, the numbers of people waiting on hospital trolleys hit over 600. And to make matters even worse, Tony O'Connell the recently appointed HSE National Director of hospitals and newly appointed chair of the taskforce, resigned on the same day that trolley numbers reached their highest yet.


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