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Maurice Quinlivan TD concerned at problems highlighted in new Emergency Department at University Hospital Limerick

24 May, 2017 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD


Maurice Quinlivan TD concerned at problems highlighted in new Emergency Department at University Hospital Limerick

Limerick City TD Maurice Quinlivan has today expressed his concern at issues highlighted by nurses working in University Hospital Limerick about the upcoming move to the new Emergency Department.

Speaking today Teachta Quinlivan said;

“I am very concerned about issues being raised by members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation in relation to the new Emergency Department in UHL. These concerns include the numbers of newly qualified staff rostered to work in the new unit and the lack of staff with an ED specialist qualification available.

“According to HSE management, a minimum of 24 patients will be placed on trolleys and recliner chairs in the new Emergency Department.

“The use of trolleys in emergency departments is unacceptable. We need to be moving away from this means of operation and not embedding them into new plans.

“It is unacceptable that HSE management in the hospital intend to transfer the existing trolley problem to the new ED, rather than use it as an opportunity to finally solve the problem. The INMO have suggested that space in the old emergency department could be used to accommodate patients, but this recommendation has been rejected by HSE management

“It is unacceptable that a brand new Emergency Department will not be staffed adequately. It is equally unacceptable that space which will be freed due to the move cannot be used to accommodate patients in place of trolleys.

“This is an unsafe practice for patients and unfair for nurses trying to work in this environment. It will lead to a continuation of the trolley crisis in University Hospital Limerick and I intend to raise this with the Minister for Health in the coming days.”

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