[Sinn Fein]

20 July 1998

Tallaght Hospital - long delays slammed

Sinn Fein representative for Dublin South West, Séan Crowe today said that patients attending the new flagship Tallaght Hospital are experiencing long delays at the new hospital, with some outpatients complaining that they are being referred on to other hospitals for basic treatment.

Mr. Crowe said :

``We have the bizarre situation of patients attending the newly opened Tallaght Hospital being referred to other hospitals. The new hospital is thankfully dealing with casualty cases but unbelievably many outpatients, referred to the hospital by local doctors, are complaining that they being directed onto other hospitals for basic services like x rays.

``This situation is intolerable, especially when one takes into account the length of time it took to finally open this local hospital, and is creating additional expense for patients. People in Tallaght are now asking whether this problem is due to `teething problems' with the new hospital or is it something more fundamental that needs to be addressed ?

``I am calling on the hospital board to explain why Tallaght Hospital is refusing deal with patients referred there by local doctors. The present situation is clearly unacceptable and needs to be addressed urgently. Lengthy queues and referrals to other hospitals for basic treatment does not auger well for a new flagship hospital.''

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