Excessive delays at Mayo University Hospital have become a serious issue, and Mayo Deputy Alan Dillon has called for an accellaration to the delivery of a new Emergency Department.
Speaking in the Dail earlier this week, Deputy Dillon raised the question to An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar regarding fast tracking this development.
At the time of questioning, over 30 people were waiting on trollies at the hospital.
They were faced with a figure in excess of 170 people attending the department in one day, which lead to the hospital issuing a public statement on the increase.
The Taoiseach acknowledged that there is an unusually higher number of patients on trollies, and that attendances are up to 30% higher in Castlebar than they would have been in 2019.
Fine Gael Deputy Alan Dillon has been giving more information to Midwest News about Leo Varadkar’s response to the crisis: