Shocking new figures today reveal that 25 patients are currently waiting on trolleys in South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel. The figure corresponds to almost 1 in 10 of all patients waiting on beds in Ireland, are in the Clonmel hospital.
This is the highest number of any hospital in Ireland with Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore next with 24 patients waiting on beds and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda with 22 patients waiting on beds.
The figures don’t improve when we take all patients into account. With a further 10 patients on wards, and a total of 35 waiting on beds, Clonmel Hospital has the joint highest number of total patients waiting in wards.
These shocking figures detail how the government is failing people of rural Ireland.
Fianna Fáil TD for Tipperary, Jackie Cahill stated “The fact that this is happening in Tipperary is nothing short of scandalous. If we look at the root cause of the crisis in Clonmel however, this is a problem that can be solved. We have a lack of acute beds in South Tipperary General. Just 12 miles up the road, millions have been spent on Cashel Hospital. Utilising the existing resources within the county will help this crisis. It makes no sense not to open Cashel and the reopening of the hospital will invariably save lives. The crisis will continue until Cashel is opened. The resource is there, it’s time now high time that we use it. This great hospital is ready to use and is just lying idle”
South Tipperary Independent TD, Mattie McGrath stated “The numbers of patients waiting on beds in Clonmel compared to CUH, Beaumount, Drogheda is mind boggling. Clonmel is a small hospital with narrow corridors and the result of these numbers is it’s mayhem and bedlam for patients. When looking at the major hospitals in Dublin and around the country, the numbers of those waiting on beds don’t equate to the space available as each of the major hospitals have wider corridors and more space available per patient. Simply put, you can’t compare a Morris Minor to a Mercedes Benz. It’s also shameful that we have a hospital in Cashel where €22.4m was spent in the past few years, which has transformed it into a luxurious building, but not used for patients.”