Mayo Sinn Féin deputy Rose Conway-Walsh has condemned the government’s handling of the health sector as it admits that no inspection of Mayo University Hospital has been carried out in 2021.

She insists it is not good enough when she claims, a day doesn’t go by that patients and their families contact her office about distressing experiences they have had in the facility.

Deputy Conway Walsh says next Wednesday will mark a year since the last HIQA inspection. In terms of how hospitals ensure that infection prevention and control outbreak/s including COVID-19, are managed to protect people, the inspection found that the hospital was non-compliant. Non-compliant is the lowest in the assessment.

“It is an abdication of responsibility to think that no follow-up inspection was carried out during a year of the pandemic in relation to infection prevention and outbreak control to ensure the appropriate changes were made.

In recent weeks we have seen reports of a 162% increase in outpatient waiting list at Mayo University Hospital over 6 years and the highest August trolley numbers in 15 years.

People are losing confidence in the health service and the government ability to address their concerns”.

The deputy has written to the Minister Donnelly to express her “alarm” at the situation and call on him to instruct HIQA to carry out an inspection as a matter of urgency.