Mary Lou McDonald criticises Government's 'miserable, miserable' record on health

Mary Lou McDonald criticises Government's 'miserable, miserable' record on health

The deputy leader of Sinn Féin says the crisis in our hospitals will not be solved if Enda Kenny and Joan Burton remain as Taoiseach and Tánaiste.

Some of the biggest hospitals in the country have had to cancel non-urgent operations to cope with overcrowding from Emergency Departments.

In the past 24 hours, Cork University Hospital and the Mater and Beaumont in Dublin have been under severe pressure.

Mary Lou McDonald said that the current Government does not have the will to resolve the issue.

"The laughable thing - or the cryable thing, is that the Government become offended if the term 'crisis' to describe what's happening," she said.

"It is a crisis when Beaumont and Cork tell people not to attend the Accident & Emergency … that's the stuff that Enda Kenny and Joan Burton preside over.

"They call that stability? I call that misery.

"I think that's a miserable, miserable record."

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