CRITICISM Councillors have been critical of the use of a tent at the entrance to the Mayo University Hospital A&E.
“There are people lying in the graveyards of Mayo who should be alive today, because of the under-resourcing of our hospital here in Castlebar.” That was the stark message delivered by Cllr Michael Kilcoyne at this week’s meeting of Castlebar Municipal District.
The Independent politician was speaking during a heated debate about patient treatment at Mayo University Hospital, and he pulled no punches.
“If patients had a choice between a hospital in Calcutta or the one in this town, they would be heading for the airport immediately,” he added. “The resourcing of Mayo General [sic] is a disgrace. We have been promised an extension for years yet the best the HSE can do is put people into a tent outside A&E.
“More of our people are being wheeled through the rain from the modular unit to the main hospital at 2am in the morning because the HSE say they cannot put up a covered walkway. Can we loan them our council engineers for half an hour and they’ll have one designed for them?”
Other councillors weighed in with their own observations. “The staff are amazing, but the situation at the hospital is a scandal,” Cllr Blackie Gavin added. “You wouldn’t see a tent outside any other hospital in the world. They’ve been talking about an extension to the hospital for years, but it’s just talk. They haven’t even appointed consultants to draw up the plans,” the Cathaoirleach stated.
Cllr Cyril Burke highlighted the long wait one of his constituents experienced when attending the Emergency Department last week, whereby an elderly woman was waiting to be seen from 4pm until 2am, and eventually left without being treated.
“It’s a huge issue,” he said. “I don’t know what’s wrong. Young and old are queuing up in a marquee and we have one nurse dealing with 15 patients. It’s outrageous and I can only imagine what it will be like when elective surgery starts again and things get back to normal. It’s a huge concern,” he concluded.