One of the biggest issues in county Mayo at present is the overcrowding crisis in the Emergency Dept of Mayo University Hospital. That’s the view of Castlebar councillor Michael Kilcoyne.
The Independent councillor who is a member of the HSE West Forum, intended to again raise local concerns at this month’s Forum meeting with HSE management, however, he says the meeting has been cancelled due to the cyber attack on the HSE.
He insists, however, that while the cyber attack has intensified the problems at Mayo University Hospital’s Emergency Dept, it is not the cause of the problem.
He says patients are frequently left hours and sometimes days on trolleys in the ED at MUH, the building itself is completely inadequate for the demands on it, and staff shortages regularly occur.
Councillor Kilcoyne says it’s not fair to patients in the region and despite successive government’s acknowledging the need for a new Emergency Dept at the Castlebar facility, none have provided any funding for it.
Cllr Kilcoyne has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley