7th January 2020 | Health, Press Releases

Greens call on Minister for Health to declare a National Emergency to deal with hospital overcrowding crisis


The Green Party An Comhaontas Glas call on the Minister for Health to declare a National Emergency to tackle the record levels of overcrowding in hospitals.

Commenting following the news of 199 hospital beds being provided by the end of the month, Green Party Health Spokesperson Dr Séamus McMenamin said:

“The Government need to urgently address the overcrowding but these sticking plaster solutions are not helping in the medium to long term and urgent reform of the service is needed.

“The Minister needs to acknowledge the current overcrowding crisis that is causing extreme hardship for people around the country. He must declare a National Emergency and commit the resources needed to tackle it. We can’t pretend this worsening situation will simply go away.

“Recent announcements by Fine Gael of an election pledge to increase eligibility to under 16s for the medical card betray either a lack of understanding of the current recruitment and retention crisis  in General Practice or a willful disregard. This will put more pressure on an already overloaded Hospital System.”