Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry and Spokesperson on Primary Care and Community Heath John Brassil has said that despite all of the spin from Fine Gael, no additional bed capacity will be brought on stream this winter to alleviate the overcrowding at University Hospital Kerry.

Deputy Brassil was commenting after receiving a number of parliamentary replies from the Minister for Health and the HSE this week and comparing them to similar replies from during the summer.

“Despite all the huffing and puffing, it’s now abundantly clear that neither the HSE nor the Government have any plans to increase capacity at UHK this winter despite there being consistent overcrowding at the hospital.

“Today, Wednesday 24th, there are 22 people lying on trolleys in UHK, and to date this year, 558 over 75 year olds spent more than 24 hours lying on trolleys in the hospital.

“I am very worried about patient safety this winter at University Hospital Kerry. To learn that there are no plans for additional capacity despite a commitment in the Government’s capital plan for 33 new beds for UHK is very concerning.”

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