Investment needed in Beaumont emergency department

20 July 2017

Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has repeated his call for appropriate investment in the Emergency Department in Beaumont Hospital.

Speaking in the Seanad, Senator Ó Ríordáin said:

“The problems in the Beaumont Hospital accident and emergency department persist.  When I was a Member of the Dáil, the then Minister, Deputy Brendan Howlin, and I met with the senior management of Beaumont Hospital.  The management presented us with a €45 million plan which would rectify the physical problems that the accident and emergency department in Beaumont Hospital has.

“I do not think one could walk anywhere around the north side of Dublin without meeting a family which has some kind of horror story from experiences in the accident and emergency department in Beaumont Hospital.  It is no reflection on the staff who work there, who work incredibly hard and incredibly well.  The physical environment of that accident and emergency department needs to be rectified. 

“I have raised this issue in the Seanad many times before. I have written letters, run campaigns and done petitions, but I do not hear anything from Government about where this capital investment is coming from or when it is going to happen.

“An update on this issue is urgently needed.  The fiscal situation in the country has improved.  We have an opportunity now to rectify these problems.  There are other issues, including staffing, in the accident and emergency department that I accept, and the demographic in that area lends itself to having a very busy accident and emergency department.  At the same time, the physical infrastructure needs to be enhanced, improved and invested in.  Senior management has a plan.  It wants to see that plan implemented and the people in Dublin Bay North want to see this that plan implemented.

“I will continue to call on the government to commit to investing in this vital service for the people of Dublin’s Northside.”

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