Nightmare conditions at hospital condemned
'Nightmare conditions' at Wicklow's local accident and emergency hospital were the target of a blistering attack at the annual meeting of the Bray and District Trades Council last week.
Delegates slammed conditions at St. Columcille's Hospital in Loughlinstown, and said that despite a booming economy, the Government had failed to tackle even basic issues.
SIPTU delegate Charles Kavanagh told the Council of Trade Unions annual meeting that he recently went to the hospital and found one junior nurse looking after two wards. He claimed that patients were to be found lying on mattresses in a corridor, while no less than three of the wards were closed.
Responding to the criticism this week, an Eastern Health Board spokesperson said that an ongoing programme of upgrading had been carried out at the hospital, including the extension of the radiology department to accommodate a new Cat scanner, the replacement of windows and the refurbishment of St. Anne's Ward, the replacement of the heating system in the former convention, and the installation of network communications cabling throughout the hospital.