Kildare TD says hundreds of pensioners waiting more than 24 hours in Naas A&E this year

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TD for Kildare North, Frank O’Rourke, has said the HSE is failing to meet its own target that all people aged 75 years and over attending emergency departments would be discharged or admitted within 24 hours.

Deputy O’Rourke was commenting as new information received by Fianna Fáil shows that 254 over 75’s waited longer than 24-hours in Naas emergency department in the first three months of 2019.

Deputy O’Rourke said:.“Sitting for hours in an emergency department is wearying, even for a person in the full of their health. To have a person, aged over 75, sit in such an uncomfortable and stressful setting for over 24-hours is cruel.Let me be very clear, the medical professionals and staff in Naas are working their very hardest and the fault for this lies solely at the feet of the Department and the HSE."