An average of 73 “bed days” were lost every week at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar since the commencement of 2012, according to local Fianna Fáil TD, Robert Troy.
Deputy Troy explained that the emerging difficulties at the Hospital were being “replicated across the entire midlands region” at other health facilities and he highlighted that 1,393 bed days were lost between January 1 and May 14 last. He also pointed out that 1,589 were lost at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore and a further 779 at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise since the start of this year.
“In the first four and a half months of the year, 93,698 bed days were lost at hospitals across the country,” the local deputy explained, adding that just over four percent of those “were the result of delayed discharges at hospitals in the Midlands”.
“The public hospital system is creaking and the Government’s strategy of cutting home care packages and closure of 1,000 public nursing home beds nationwide, this year, are all having a direct impact on patient care. Frontline services in Mullingar Hospital - which serves a huge area across the midlands - are not being protected by this government and there is genuine public concern that this situation is only going to get worse.”