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New Emergency department opens but crisis escalates as 50 people on trollies in Limerick – Maurice Quinlivan TD

9 August, 2017 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD


Limerick TD Maurice Quinlivan has today welcomed the launch of Sinn Féin's health document, 'Addressing Capacity: Ending the chaos in accident & emergency'.

The Limerick TD said has called for the Minister to now intervene to tackle the ongoing crisis in Emergency Department in Limerick despite a new facility opening in May.  

Teachta Quinlivan said: 

“This government, supported by Fianna Fáil, have presided over a worsening crisis in our health service.  We can see this in a number of areas but nowhere is it more evident than in the Emergency Departments of our hospitals. This is no longer just a crisis it is policy and it is shameful.

“For years they have ignored staff concerns and suggestions and failed to invest in the public system while they continue to outsource work and pump money into the private sector.

“Limerick University Hospitals has 50 people on trollies today which is a national disgrace and demands immediate Ministerial intervention.

“In May a new Emergency Department opened in Limerick but the trolley crisis worsens. Nurses and their unions rightly pointed out many concerns at the time….

“In a Dáil debate in May Minister Finian McGrath rubbished concerns from the Nurses Union and told me that “The CEO of the UL hospitals group has confirmed that there is no basis for any suggestion that 24 patients will be accommodated on trolleys in the new emergency department.” This has been cruelly exposed as the numbers on trolleys are exceeding that on almost every single day since.

“The INMO suggested to management before the new ED was opened that space which is freed up in the old Emergency Department could be used to accommodate patients. This would lead to less overcrowding and increased patient safety and well-being. This suggestion was rejected by management

“Huge numbers remain on trolleys – despite the assurances from the government that they are committed to tackling the crisis.  On top of this waiting lists are lengthening daily and the level of unmet need in our health service is increasing.  

“We cannot continue like this with people lingering on trollies’ for hours on end. We need an intelligent, coherent and progressive plan to end this crisis. Sinn Féin is serious about addressing this crisis.

 “This document launched today represents some of Sinn Fein’s solutions to the crisis – we need to increase capacity and address the issues of recruitment and retention as a matter of urgency.  We do not need more reviews or reports; we need action and political will to address this crisis. Here in Limerick clearly, we need immediate Ministerial intervention.

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