Sligo consultant says trolley crisis is a case of ‘here we go again’

A consultant in Emergency Medicine in the North West says nothing concrete is being done to tackle the overcrowding crisis.

Dr. Fergal Hickey is a consultant in Emergency Medicine at Sligo University Hospital and the Communications Officer with the Irish Association of Emergency Medicine

He has been speaking after the number on trolleys reached record levels yesterday according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

Today the figures have reduced slightly but remain high with 602 patients on trolleys around the country.

They have dropped from 33 at Letterkenny University Hospital to 19 but remain much the same at Sligo University Hospital where 22 people remain on trolleys.

The HSE says the early outbreak of the flu is responsible.

Dr. Hickey has criticised the Minister for Health for failing to take measures to prevent this surge in demand which he says happens at this time every year: