Clo­sure of 12 beds is ‘mind-bog­gling’

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

THERE were 12 hos­pi­tal beds closed at St Colum­cille’s Host­pi­tal in Lough­lin­stown at the week end­ing Oc­to­ber 22.

Of those, 10 were due to staff short­ages and two were closed for in­fec­tion con­trol pur­poses.

This in­for­ma­tion was con­tained in the an­swer to a par­lia­men­tary ques­tion put to the Min­is­ter for Health by Deputy Billy Kelle­her. The fig­ures are con­tained within a let­ter to the TD from the HSE dated Novem­ber 8.

Deputy Stephen Don­nelly said he is as­ton­ished to learn that a num­ber of hos­pi­tal beds are closed at the hos­pi­tal at a time when the health ser­vice is fac­ing into an over­crowd­ing cri­sis.

‘It’s mind-bog­gling that hos­pi­tal beds are closed as we face into an over­crowd­ing cri­sis in our health ser­vice,’ said Deputy Don­nelly. ‘Clos­ing hos­pi­tal beds for in­fec­tion con­trol is nec­es­sary and un­der­stand­able, but do­ing so due to staff short­ages is in­ex­cus­able and clearly demon­strates that there is a prob­lem with re­source man­age­ment in our health sys­tem,’ he said.

‘The INMO con­firmed just yes­ter­day that record lev­els of over­crowd­ing are con­tin­u­ing in our health ser­vice. 82,459 peo­ple were stuck on trol­leys, in Emer­gency De­part­ments or Wards, in first 10 months of 2017. This prob­lem is be­ing ex­ac­er­bated by the fact that nearly 200 hos­pi­tal beds across the coun­try are closed, many due to staff short­ages which is avoid­able with proper re­source man­age­ment,’ said Deputy Don­nelly.

‘This Gov­ern­ment must fi­nalise and pub­lish the Bed Ca­pac­ity Re­view, and out­line its plan to re­duce the num­ber of closed beds. For as long as there are sick peo­ple ly­ing on trol­leys in our Emer­gency De­part­ments, there can be no ac­cep­tance for un­nec­es­sary bed clo­sures. It’s im­moral and it must be dealt with as a pri­or­ity.’

The HSE told Deputy Kelle­her in their let­ter that the num­ber of beds can fluc­tu­ate greatly and that the fig­ures pro­vided were for a mo­ment in time.

St Colum­cille’s Hos­pi­tal, Lough­lin­stown.

Deputy Stephen Don­nelly

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