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High level of overcrowding in UHL ‘completely unacceptable’ – Quinlivan

18 September, 2018 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan has today condemned the huge number of patients waiting on trolleys in University Hospital Limerick. This morning’s figures from the INMO show that there are currently 69 patients on trolleys in UHL, the highest in the state once again. 

The Limerick City TD said;

“It’s absolutely disgraceful that the trolley crisis in University Hospital Limerick is being totally ignored by the Minister for Health Simon Harris, and continues to escalate to a completely unacceptable level. 

“I wrote to Minister Harris back in January seeking a meeting with him to discuss ways to reduce the overcrowding problem in the hospital, because it’s abundantly clear his plan for our local hospital is failing, and failing miserably. I’m yet to hear back from the Minister. 

“The people of Limerick City deserve quality healthcare like every other citizen, yet people are being constantly packed into UHL in an incredibly unsafe manner. The 69 patients on trolleys in UHL today are more than all those in Wexford, Waterford, Kerry, Sligo, Mayo, Cavan, and Kilkenny hospitals combined.

“This level of overcrowding is incredibly unfair on patients and their families, and also on the staff and nurses who have to work in these very difficult circumstances.

“Minister Harris has far failed to deal with the issues that are causing this emergency. These are the issues of recruitment and retention of staff, capacity - failure to reopen closed beds, adequate step down facilities, and proper primary and community care.

“The trolley crisis has been continuously escalating under Simon Harris’s tenure as Minister for Health. Last year saw the largest number of patients on trolleys in recorded history – 98,981.

“Minister Harris must intervene in the situation in University Hospital Limerick, before the situation escalates any further, especially facing into the winter.”  

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