'Absolutely disgraceful' trolley situation in University Hospital Limerick – Maurice Quinlivan TD
Sinn Féin's Maurice Quinlivan TD today described the number of patients on trollies in University Hospital Limerick as 'absolutely disgraceful'. 80 people were recorded on trolleys on Monday, which is the highest anywhere in the state.
Speaking today, the Limerick City TD said;
“The situation in University Hospital Limerick has reached a totally unacceptable and inexcusable level today, as 80 people now wait on trolleys for treatment.
“A new national record of 714 people on trolleys was recorded by the INMO today, while the number of people on trolleys in UHL has also set a new disgraceful record.
“Local Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil TDs and Senators have a lot to answer for, as they have allowed this problem in Limerick to escalate and deteriorate while their parties are in power.
“They are too busy thinking of votes and tax cuts, than in taking decisions to fix our crippling health system. It's scandalous and I hope constituents will convey this to them.
“At the beginning of 2018, Senator Paul Gavan and I wrote to Minister Harris to seek an urgent meeting to discuss the crisis situation in UHL. We are yet to hear from the Minister regarding this meeting.
“The number of people on trolleys in UHL today, is more than those in Beaumont, Connolly, and the Mater Hospitals combined, which is absolutely disgraceful.
“University Hospital Limerick was the most overcrowded hospital in the country last year, with 8,869 people forced to spend a night or more on a trolley.
“Our hospital is in a state of constant crisis; the full capacity protocol, a supposed emergency measure, is being used every single day, despite its function to be for emergencies only.
“This needs immediate government and ministerial action or lives will surely be lost due to this outrageous overcrowding.”