Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, has today (Tuesday) welcomed new figures which show that the number of people waiting on trolleys at Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan has dropped by 60% since 2011. Deputy Doherty added that the positive results were a clear endorsement of the work of the Special Delivery Unit, which was set up by the Minister for Health, James Reilly TD, to tackle the high numbers of patients waiting on trolleys.
“It is fantastic news that the number of people waiting on trolleys at Navan Hospital has fallen by 60% since this Government took Office. This is a clear sign that the Special Delivery Unit (SDU), set up by the Minister for Health, James Reilly TD, to tackle trolley waiting figures, is working. And it is also testament to the hard work and determination of the management and staff in Navan, who must be commended for their efforts.
“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 day 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 the last three years under this Fine Gael-led Government, the number of patients on trolleys has reduced by more than a third.
“This has been achieved despite considerable pressures on the health sector, which has experienced a 20% budget reduction, a 10% reduction in staff numbers and an 8% increase in population demands. Significant progress is also being made in a number of other areas. We are on target to reduce both inpatient and outpatient waiting lists. MRSA rates have fallen by a fifth and drug costs have been cut by a third.
“It is vitally important that we constantly strive to make our hospitals more efficient, so we can care for patients better. The reform programme will continue apace in the year ahead, as we continue to roll out the Money Follows the Patient model and the establishment of new Hospital Groups.
“I am very pleased that such positive progress has been made in Our Lady’s Hospital and I look forward to further progress in the year ahead.”