Quinlivan commends nurses at University Hospital Limerick
Limerick City Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan has this evening welcomed the news that nurses have had most of the concerns they had around the opening of the new Emergency department at Limerick University hospital addressed.
Deputy Quinlivan said:
“Today, I visited the new Emergency Department at the University Hospital. It is, without question, a fantastic facility which the citizens of Limerick and the Mid-West region deserve. I want to put on record my absolute respect for all those who campaigned over many years for such a facility to be opened.
“The closure of Ennis, Nenagh, and St John’s Emergency Departments by Fianna Fáil a number of years ago was rushed and the promised centre of excellence was not delivered at the time. People then endured years of absolute disgraceful conditions in the present Emergency Department. Conditions that you would hardly see in a developing country. That amalgamation has been nothing but a disaster which has led to the present Emergency Department being described by the Health Information and Quality Authority in recent years as unfit for purpose. It was shameful that it was allowed to continue for so long.
“Yesterday in the Dáil, I raised some of the concerns that the nurses and their union, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, had. I am happy that many of those concerns which were denied by senior management, Minster Simon Harris, and his Department have now been accepted and a range of actions have agreed which the nurses now believe will ensure safer care in the new Emergency Department.
“I was also particular pleased to hear that extra porters have been recruited in the hospital. Also, additional cleaners have been employed by the hospital in permanent positions and not contract cleaners as in the past, thus making them a real part of the team. I hope this will herald the start of the Hospital Group ending the use of both agency staff and contractors.
“Nobody is saying the new Emergency Department will be perfect or that it will solve the crisis we have in our health system which clearly is broken. However, it is a huge leap forward and that is very welcome. It is hoped it will be operational very soon. I will continue to work to ensure that the people of the Mid-West get the healthcare they deserve.”