Sligo-Leitrim TD calls on Minister to provide more beds at north-west hospital

A Shannonside TD has called on the Minister for Health to urgently allocate extra medical beds to Sligo University Hospital.

Sligo-Leitrim deputy Eamon Scanlon says that in light of record high trolley numbers, action is needed now to address the issue.

The INMO’s Trolley Watch shows that in 2018 overcrowding resulted in 4,138 patients being on trolleys in the hospital for some period of time, with 1,225 people affected so far this year.

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Deputy Scanlon claims that 40 beds have been closed at the hospital over the past ten years as a result of cutbacks with about ten re-opened to cope with high patient numbers over the last winter.

But he says it’s worrying that at this stage of the year, the 2019 capital plan for the hospital hasn’t yet been finalised, with no word on funding for an additional twenty beds that have also been promised.

The Fianna Fail TD added that over the past couple of months the number of people contacting him about overcrowding at the hospital has risen noticeably.

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