“I can’t walk far. I struggle to walk up steps. I struggle to get dressed every day. I get barely two hours sleep because I have to sit up in bed. I can’t lie down. People don’t understand what you’re going through. Life is very, very hard.” Maryna Kriel has been waiting for over three years for a hip replacement because of her osteoarthritis.
Maryna is one of the 2,244 patients currently waiting over 18 months for orthopaedic surgery in Ireland. Many surgeries, like Maryna’s, are not taking place because there are simply not enough specialist nurses available.
Maryna was one of the patients who took part in a special Primetime Programme in early November that looked at the continuing exodus of Irish nurses to the UK and other countries.
The INMO estimates that over 2,500 Irish nurses have left for the UK alone over the past two and a half years.
This exodus is having a serious knock-on effect on patients, including arthritis patients. As Maryna said:
“You’re not dying but in your own head you feel like dying because you have no help.”
The Arthritis Ireland 100 Day Plan would start to turn this devastating situation for arthritis and orthopaedic patients around immediately.