No end in sight for UHL overcrowding as long promised 96 bed extension years away – Maurice Quinlivan TD
Sinn Féin’s Maurice Quinlivan TD has described as extremely disappointing the news that UHL’s badly needed extension won’t be built for years, as information he received from the HSE states that the design team for the extension has not even been appointed yet, and tenders to build the extension will not be sought until the end of 2019.
Speaking today Deputy Quinlivan said;
“University Hospital Limerick remains the most overcrowded hospital in the country, but despite this there seems to be absolutely no urgency in providing extra beds for patients in Limerick.
“In response to a Parliamentary Question the HSE confirmed to me this morning that a design team for the new 96 bed extension at UHL has not even been appointed yet and tenders for the project will not be sought until the end of 2019.
“This means we are not going to see these extra hospital beds for years, despite needing them immediately.
“The 96 extra beds, whenever they arrive, will only make a dent in the current overcrowding crisis at UHL. For example, in March of this year the number of people on trolleys reached 80.
“2017 saw 8,869 patients lying on trolleys in UHL, the highest in the state. There over 100 people on trollies in the first 3 days of this week.
“This project is moving so slowly, by the time the extension is built, another extension will be needed. There is no end in sight for this overcrowding in University Hospital Limerick. It’s extremely disappointing.
“Because the design team has not been appointed yet, and because the overcrowding is so serious in UHL, the HSE and the Minister should now consider increasing the number of beds that are planned for UHL.
“In the short term, beds that were closed in UHL and in other hospitals in the UL group need to be reopened to alleviate the chronic overcrowding in Limerick City.”