DEPUTY Danny Healy-Rae is putting the troubled health service very close to the top of his agenda as the general election campaign enters its critical final week.
The Independent TD said the service is in crisis and there is immediate action required to get patients off of trolleys in crowned corridors and into beds in wards where they can receive proper, professional care.
“University Hospital Kerry is not providing an adequate or safe health service,” he insisted.
“There is a need for more beds, more doctors, more consultants, more nurses and more frontline staff”.
Deputy Healy-Rae said extra beds are also needed to cope with demand in Kenmare and Dingle Community Hospitals and in Tralee and there is a need to place a greater emphasis on the Fair Deal scheme.
The Kilgarvan politician – who is focusing his election strategy mainly on the Killarney and Kenmare Municipal Districts – pointed out that, in response to the health crisis, he organised 51 bus trips, transporting over 1,500 people, to hospital in Belfast where they had their cataracts removed and he has facilitated others to undergo knee and hip surgery rather than having to remain on growing waiting lists in Kerry.
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