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Over 10,000 on trolleys at UHL so far this year “a new low in our health service” – Maurice Quinlivan TD

14 November, 2018 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin TD for Limerick City Maurice Quinlivan today said that over 10,000 people have now waited on trolleys in University Hospital Limerick so far this year and this shameful record high represents a new low in our health service.

Speaking today, the Limerick City TD said;

“The severe overcrowding crisis in University Hospital Limerick continues unabated with 56 people waiting on trolleys in UHL this morning.

“This is an extremely high number of people on trolleys in one hospital in any given day, but what is even more shocking is that this number now means 10,028 people have waited on trolleys at UHL so far this year.

“This is a disgraceful situation and this record high represents a new low in our health service.

“I am constantly raising the issues facing University Hospital Limerick in the Dáil, but this government is not listening.

“Our local 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.

“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 and bring forward solutions to help. We are yet to hear from the Minister regarding this meeting.

“We have already surpassed the total number of people that were on trollies last year by 1,159 with 6 more weeks to go until the end of the year this should no longer be tolerated.

“The people of Limerick City deserve quality healthcare like every other citizen across the state, yet the trolley crisis at UHL is being completely ignored by Minister Simon Harris, and as a result has escalated to a completely unacceptable level."

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