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'Not Good Enough' Dublin councillor blasts Stephen Donnelly over 'crazy' hospital bed shortage

Councillor Carly Bailey said they should be using beds in private hospitals


Social Democrats Cllr Carly Bailey (Twitter)

Social Democrats Cllr Carly Bailey (Twitter)

Social Democrats Cllr Carly Bailey (Twitter)

A Dublin councillor has slammed the HSE for not using beds in private hospitals as Covid-19 cases continue to surge.

Social Democrats councillor for Rathfarnham – Templeogue Carly Bailey took to Twitter to rant about the lack of beds in Tallaght University Hospital, where she had been visiting the A&E department.

She explained that she had “some issues” with her back and needed an operation but spent two days in the hospital without a bed.

In a series of tweets on Monday, she told HSE boss Paul Reid and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly that the current shortage of hospital beds wasn’t “good enough” and said they should be using beds in private hospitals.

Ms Bailey wrote: “48 hrs & my 2nd morning waking up on a trolley in the corridor in Tallaght A&E. The staff have been incredible. @paulreiddublin @DonnellyStephen this is crazy anytime, but in middle of a pandemic? I’m told not enough beds. Why aren’t we using private hospitals? Not good enough.”

Later that day, she revealed that she was still waiting in the corridor after 56 hours in A&E where she was told that her operation could only go ahead if a bed became free.

She added that she was also referred to the Mater Spine Clinic for an emergency MRI before returning to TUH.

“Unfortunately I’m still here. They can do the surgery I need 2morrow, but only if they can get me a bed in a ward. They’re not sure that’s going to happen & now I’m feeling pretty crappy. I can handle being on a corridor as long as the surgery can take place-this isn’t much craic,” she penned.

“I will be fine but I am in a lot of pain. It’s hard to sleep with the lights on almost 24/7. So I’m tired, very sore & I just wanna go home.”

It comes after an organ transplant operation at the Mater hospital in Dublin had to be cancelled because of a shortage of ICU beds triggered by the Covid-19 surge.

Sources said the organs became available and were delivered to the Mater hospital on November 12th by ambulance.

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The transplant patient was put on standby and the procedure was due to go ahead later that day.

But the hospital’s ICU beds were full and despite a frantic check of other hospitals in the capital, no ICU beds were available, and the operation had to be cancelled.

It is understood half the Mater’s ICU beds were occupied by Covid-19 patients on that day.

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