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Hospital overcrowding continues 06.01.15

OVERCROWDING continues today at Letterkenny General Hospital with a total of 31 patients waiting to get a bed.
The situation has led to the cancellation of day surgeries and other theatre procedures for the rest of the week. (LGH telephone number 91 25888)
The overcrowding follows a day when an unprecedented 563 patients nationally were waiting for a hospital bed yesterday.
It has also emerged that the HSE national director of acute hospital services, who has been tasked with tackling the overcrowding problem, has tendered his resignation.
It is understood Dr Tony O’Connell, who took up the position just last year, is due to return to Australia.
Letterkenny General Hospital.
Meanwhile, Ireland's Anti-Austerity Alliance has today demanded that 2,000 hospital beds which have been closed because of cut backs are re-opened as the overcrowding crisis escalates.
AAA councillor, Cork-based Mick Barry said: “In 2006, then Health Minister Mary Harney declared a 'national emergency' when 495 patients were on trolleys. This crisis is being caused by health cuts not by easily foreseeable seasonal factors.
“Despite the Minister for Health warning that the current crisis of 563 people lying on hospital trolleys was inevitable, it has now emerged that the Government rejected an appeal from the HSE for an extra €100 million to its budget and only gave them €25 million."
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