McKinney: Unbearable pressure must not become the norm at RVH
Following the announcement that extra staff had to be drafted in to the RVH Accident and Emergency unit to deal with yet another night of “significant pressure” SDLP Health Spokesperson Fearghal McKinney says there is a danger that each passing incident just becomes part of the norm despite the ongoing intense pressure on staff and their patients.
Mr McKinney said “Last night’s situation shows that there is a major problem. Narrowly focussed reviews of A and E units will not resolve this problem – only a thorough root and branch analysis of wider health pressures will provide answers.
“The SDLP remains of the view that many of the pressures have come about as a result of the introduction of Transforming Your Care. We believe the Minister is reluctant to review that plan because he knows that this is the case and that a thorough review may reveal the extent of failings in his plan.
“Nonetheless the SDLP is calling for an analysis of the 99 main aims within TYC, now nearly three years old, to see how much has or has not been achieved. The Minister is claiming it is too early for a review - the SDLP says it should happen before it’s too late.