Candidates blame each others’ parties over health

Candidates across the North West are hitting out at each others’ parties over the crisis in the health service.

Sinn Fein TD and Leitrim-based general election based candidate, Martin Kenny have criticised Fianna Fail and Fine Gael for not providing beds at Sligo University Hospital as promised since 2011.

He claims Fianna Fail promised 80 beds to the hospital 9 years ago that have never materialised.

Speaking to Ocean FM, Deputy Kenny believes what he described as ‘this chaos’ should not be allowed to continue:

Meanwhile, ” People are fed up with being treated as second class citizens when it comes to healthcare at Letterkenny University Hospital”

That’s according to Fianna Fail Donegal TD and General Election Candidate Charlie McConalogue who is calling on the outgoing government as an “abject failure” in relation to how they have managed the health system in Dongeal.

Deputy McConalogue claims when Fine Gael entered into government in 2011, 539 people where recorded on trolleys at Letterkenny University Hospital. Since then, a 900% as been recorded to a figure that now stands at 5,727.


Meanwhile there are  31 people from across the North West waiting on trolleys for hospital beds today at the 2 main regional hospitals.

Letterkenny University Hospital has 23 patients without beds today with 3 in ED and 23 patients waiting on other wards throughout the hospital.

Sligo University Hospital has 5 people without beds today with 1 in the emergency department and 4 patients on another wards.

There are 477 people nationwide waiting for a bed today with the worst effected hospital being Limerick University Hospital, with 50 patients