Meanwhile, In Galway


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This afternoon.

During Leaders’ Questions.

Independent TD Catherine Connolly raised concerns about Galway University Hospital with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

To begin with (before the clip above), Ms Connolly said:

“Taoiseach, it’s Galway University Hospital is at crisis point. This is a hospital that serves a core population of 800,000 people and six core counties. In addition, it serves a number of other counties, given it really a population of a million that it serves.”

“Taoiseach, it’s operating in code black alert – the highest emergency code, together with a full capacity on an ongoing and prolonged basis. As a direct result, quite clearly, the obvious things happen, elective surgeries have been cancelled, large numbers of people have been left on trolleys, reaching a peak of 50 at Christmas time.

“And, in addition, and directly arising from that, we have an ongoing review of an operation performed in a ward; we’re awaiting a review of a death of somebody on a trolley in their 80s; we’re awaiting the conclusions of a report in relation to spinal surgery, inappropriately carried out in some places and causing premature deaths in two cases.

We’re still awaiting confirmation that all of the recommendations of the Savita case have been implemented. In addition, we have very ill patients walking out of casualty on a daily basis and we have people with mental health problems being shoved through casualty.

“Indeed the capacity of the hospital, which is not a local issue nor a parochial issue, which I’ve said serves a million people, the capacity or rather the lack of capacity has placed it at number one on the risk register.

….In addition, we have a report, independently commissioned by the Saolta Group and in relation to the accident and emergency, the physical environment is shocking and disturbing and unfit for purpose. We have a submission from Saolta itself and the clinical director of the hospital, telling us that ‘The current ageing facilities of the hospital are not fit for purpose, do not provide an appropriate environment to safely manage the current and future care needs of the population of that region.”

Thanks Mick Caul

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25 thoughts on “Meanwhile, In Galway

    1. Cian

      No. HSE needs to go.
      We spend more per person on healthcare than most countries. So the problem isn’t the government – its the governance.

  1. Anne

    You’d fare better needing any healthcare in sub saharan Africa than this country.

    If you need any sort of scans, procedures, treatments etc you can expect to be waiting a very long time. People are dying over the shambles the healthcare system is in.

    1. Rob_G

      “You’d fare better needing any healthcare in sub saharan Africa than this country”

      *sigh* – no you wouldn’t

      1. Anne

        Yes you would.

        I see Vet programmes on the telly with dogs getting better treatment.

        You’d be better off in this country being a dog.

  2. Mourning Ireland

    Huge numbers of bedblockers in Galway. Too mean to pay for healthcare with the Fair Deal in case they lose their business inheritance.

    Why are we keeping 80 year olds alive while young people sudsidize their selfishness?

      1. realPolithicks

        The obvious solution is to kill these people before they reach these final 5 years…the damned parasites.

        1. mildred st. meadowlark

          I like your thinking, may I please buy a subscription to your blog/club/organisation/cult

        2. Increasing Displacement

          That’s it.

          Or say have strict guidelines as to what people of a certain age can be kept in public hospitals for and for how long.

          The resources required to keep some people alive towards the end of their life (not age related) are colossal. The money would be better spent on elsewhere.

          1. Happy Molloy

            Maybe we could get Simon Harris to look at Logan’s Run and he might be inspired to kill the elderly. It’d save us a fortune.

            Following this of could kill the poor. That’s another problem gone. Don’t think we’d want to kill the gays anymore, we’ve all grown fond of them.

          2. Anne

            I heard the eskimos put their old out on an iceberg when they’re no longer any use to society.

            Don’t mind that grandad paid his taxes all his life, he’s only a burden once he reaches old age. Isn’t that right.

            There’s something wrong with some people around here. Amoral cretins.

          3. mildred st. meadowlark

            I’m very unsentimental about death, and would much prefer to decide when to shuffle off this mortal coil. I know that I do not wish to prolong my life if its to the pain and detriment of others around me.

            But not everyone feels that way. And you can’t realistically deny healthcare to a person based on their age/illness.

          4. Increasing Displacement

            I’d be of the same persuasion mildred.

            Typical comments from the usual otherwise.

            You haven’t a clue of the cost, or the ratio of cost to added time with successful treatment, or the probability of success of treatment or the quality of life after.

            You know literally NOTHING about these subjects. You have an opinion based on feelings.

            But don’t let facts and reality get in the way of you spouting absolute rubbish.
            And don’t complain about the cost of insurance and the HSE either.

      2. Kenny Plank

        Except Grandad DIDNT pay taxes all his life. Granddad frequently has a large public sector pension (untaxed), a multimillion euro farm, a large house in south county Dublin, or may not even have worked at all, living off Grandma.

        Grandad is also part of the generation who wrecked this country.

        They shoot horses, don’t they?

  3. Ilmar

    We have the same problem in Dublin, I think Ireland needs more hospitals and lower down the costs for its People. Great Article

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