Hospital criticised for putting men and women in same ward
Wexford General Hospital's practice of accommodating male and female patients in the same ward has been criticised by local councillors.
Cllr. Fergie Kehoe (Fianna Fail) said the practice is undignified and should be stopped immediately.
However, on the suggestion of fellow councillors who fear it might lead to patients not being admitted to hospital, he added 'where possible' to his demand.
'They should be looking at re-opening closed wards and putting male patients on one floor and female patients on another,' said Cllr. Kehoe.
'I'm very aware that our hospital is under pressure but this should be stopped,' he said.
Cllr. Philomena Roche (Fine Gael) agreed and said it is a 'very undignified way to treat people.'
Cllr. Paddy Nolan (Fianna Fail) said he was in a mixed ward in the hospital recently and he was only delighted that they kept him.
'Dignity goes out the window when you have male and female patients lying on trolleys,' said Cllr. Anthony Kelly (Sinn Fein).
Cllr. David Hynes (Independent) said he supported the principle of the motion but if it resulted in more people on trolleys, it wouldn't be a good thing.
Cllr. Jim Allen (Fine Gael) said mixed wards are not new and have been around for a long time.
His father was in a mixed ward recently and 'we were delighted that he was there'.
'The staff up there are doing their best. I agree with the motion but it should be based on clinical need,' said Cllr. Allen.
Cllr. Padge Reck (Independent) who has attended the A&E department of the hospital 70 times said he supported the motion in so far as it was workable.
'It might not be possible in wards where there is specialised equipment available to treat patients,' he said.