Number of people on trolleys down
WEXFORD deputy Dr. Liam Twomey has welcomed new figures which show that the number of people waiting on trolleys at Wexford General Hospital has dropped by a massive 86 per cent since 2011.
Deputy Twomey said the positive results are a clear endorsement of the work of the Special Delivery Unit (SDU), which was set up by the Minister for Health, James Reilly TD, to tackle the high numbers of patients waiting on trolleys.
'This means that the number of patients on trolleys in Wexford is at its lowest level in eight years. This is a clear sign that the SDU. to tackle trolley waiting figures, is working.
'Nationally, the number of people waiting on trolleys has fallen by almost 30,000 since 2011. It's is eight years since the number of patients waiting on trolleys on a given exceeded 500 and Mary Harney declared the problem a 'national emergency'. For the following five long years, the problem spiralled out of control.
'The reforms implemented by this Government have tackled a problem in less than three years, that Fianna Fáil failed to get a grip on for fourteen long years in Government. In their last term of office, the number of patients waiting on trolleys increased by 49%. During our short time in office the number of patients on trolleys has reduced by a third.'