Thursday, 20 November 2008
Dáil Eireann Debate
An Ceann Comhairle: Anois, iarratais chun tairisceana a dhéanamh an Dáil a chur ar athló faoi Bhuan Ordú 32. Before coming to the Order of Business I propose to deal with a number of notices under Standing Order 32.
Deputy Seymour Crawford: I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to raise a matter of national and local importance, namely, the urgent need for a debate in the House on the Government pilot project — the winding down and removal of services from Monaghan General Hospital by the beginning of 2009; the fact that no anaesthetists are being appointed for the January to June period; that Cavan General Hospital had 50 patients on trolleys on Tuesday night last; and that recently the other alternative hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, had to be taken off call. The implementation of the Teamwork report will clearly lead to premature deaths and, for those who live, will result in serious problems for families who have to look after the sick at home without a backup service. The issue can no longer be ignored.
Deputy James Bannon: I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to raise a matter of national importance, which impacts on the health and welfare of the entire population, namely, the disgraceful catalogue of mismanagement, waste and inefficiencies in the Health Service Executive exposed yesterday by the Committee of Public Accounts, which was probing how €12 billion was spent by the HSE and how 111,000 HSE staff perform and revealed a defective accounting system that made complete analysis difficult.
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