Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Mayo Sinn Féin TD, Rose Conway-Walsh, has called for immediate health action to help cancer patients access treatment at Galway University Hospital.

We have been made aware that multiple patients scheduled for cancer treatments such as chemotherapy have been told that there are no beds available at UHG.

These are scheduled treatment essential to patients who are battling cancer. To be simply told that the hospital cannot see them, or even provide a date on which they will be seen, is a frightening situation,” said the Erris TD.

The Galway hospital is experiencing serious overcrowding and capacity issues.

This comes on the back of news that University Hospital Galway has the second-highest number of people waiting on trolleys in the State. There are currently 52 people waiting on a trolley to access a bed. We now know that others are waiting at home for essential scheduled inpatient treatments,” said Deputy Conway-Walsh.

Despite the excellent healthcare delivered at the frontline by committed staff, patients are being failed due to lack of capacity in the system. Before Covid crucial targets in the National Cancer Strategy were missed relating to timely access to diagnostics, surgery, radiotherapy and screening. The government needs to immediately Kickstart National Cancer Strategy and increase funding for National Cancer Control Programme and provide additional funding to catch up on missed cancer diagnoses and care and treatment,” she added.

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