Minister ‘must act’ over Cavan hospital overcrowding

The Health Minister and Department of Health need to ‘get a grip’ on the situation in hospitals around the country.

Figures from the INMO show the number of people on trolleys in Cavan Hospital doubled in November when compared with the same point last year.

The organisation says November was the worst on record for overcrowding in Irish hospitals.

Local Sinn Féin election candidate Pauline Tully has raised concerns over the long waiting times faced by some patients in Cavan Hospital, particularly elderly people.

She claims 21 patients over the age of 75 have waited more than 24 hours to be treated in the emergency department in Cavan.

She told the Wider View this afternoon that Minister Simon Harris needs to ‘get a grip’ on the situation: