Calls for Dail to return early amid hospital overcrowding crisis

Up to a thousand hospital patients could be treated on trolleys in a single day in the weeks ahead.

That’s the warning from the Irish Hospital Consultants’ Association, as overcrowding reaches record levels.

TDs are facing a call to return to Leinster House immediately, to deal with the crisis.

They’re not due back from their Christmas break for another two weeks – but independent TD Marian Harkin says this issue cannot wait until then:

“I would like to see the Dail recalled, as this is a national emergency.

“I heard the Minister [for Health] say recently that it’s going to get worse before it gets better, and I was shocked beyond words. I was appalled by that – it’s the Minister’s job to make things better.

“This no longer a crisis – this is a catastrophe.”


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