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Ministerial action needed as 902 patients on trollies in University Hospital Limerick last month – Quinlivan

4 October, 2017 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin Limerick City TD Maurice Quinlivan has said that Ministerial action is needed to stop the escalating trolley crisis in University Hospital Limerick, as the latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show that UHL had the highest number of patients on trolleys anywhere in the country in September.

Speaking at Leinster House, Teachta Quinlivan said;

“The INMO figures show that last month 902 people were on trolleys in University Hospital Limerick, the highest anywhere in the state. Unfortunately, these figures are now becoming the norm as Fine Gael’s health policy continues to fail.

“To have 902 people on trolleys in one month in one hospital is absolutely disgraceful. How bad do things have to get before this is recognised as an emergency and real action is taken by this government?

“In total, 8,101 people were on trolleys in September nationally, meaning that over 1 in 10 of these patients were in our local hospital, UHL.

“Next week, Fine Gael will cut taxes to get votes, instead of using this money responsibly to spend on beds and staff for our health service, meaning this crisis is likely to continue under this government.

“Yesterday, Sinn Féin launched our alternative budget which outlined that instead of cutting taxes which might only result in a couple of euro for everyone, we would invest this money in our hospitals, so our citizens are not subject to this continuing disgraceful situation.

“Our 2018 budget proposals to tackle the trolley crisis would add an additional 500 beds to the health service, 2 million additional home help hours and 2,500 extra home care packages.

“I constantly raise the issues facing University Hospital Limerick in the Dáil but this government is not listening.

“Prior to the opening of the new A&E I raised the issue of trolley use with Minister McGrath in the Dáil, and he said ‘there is no basis for any suggestion that 24 patients will be accommodated on trolleys in the new emergency department.’ In fact, these figures show that on average there has been at least 30 people per day on trolleys in the hospital.

“In the past decade, the number of patients on trolleys in University Hospital Limerick in September has increased from 166 in September 2007 ​to 902, representing an increase of over 500%. Urgent direct action by the Minister is needed to stop this chaos in our local hospital.” 

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