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Decision to close 17 hospital beds 'beggars belief' - Maurice Quinlivan TD

19 March, 2019 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin TD for Limerick Maurice Quinlivan has condemned plans by University Hospital Limerick to close an in-patient ward, which would result in the loss of 17 funded medical beds.

Teachta Quinlivan said:

“The decision to close this in-patient ward beggars belief.

“University Hospital Limerick is already the most overcrowded in the state with more than 70 people lying on hospital trolleys today because there aren’t enough beds.

“The loss of these 17 inpatient beds can only add further pressure to the overcrowding in the hospital.

"This closure has been decided by the management of the hospital and I would urge them to immediately review that decision.

“Our health service is in crisis and Minister Harris has failed to deal with the issues that are causing this emergency. 

“The government should be working to address the systemic problems in the health service, rather than making the situation worse.”

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