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Chaos at University Hospital Limerick as 81 patients on trolleys – Quinlivan

3 April, 2019 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan today commented on the huge number of people on trolleys at University Hospital Limerick.

Deputy Quinlivan said it was absolutely appalling that 81 people were lying on trolleys at UHL this morning, and said it reaffirmed his party’s position that Simon Harris TD is completely out of his depth as Minister for Health.

Speaking from Leinster House today, the Limerick City TD said;

“There is chaos at University Hospital Limerick today as the number of people on trolleys has reached a shameful new high.

“81 people on trolleys were recorded at the INMO count at 8am this morning, but this has already climbed to 92 people before midday.

“This is absolutely appalling. This is the highest ever recorded at UHL. It is a shocking indictment of this government’s health policy.

“Patients and their families are being packed into this hospital like sardines, and nurses and doctors are being forced to treat sick patients on corridors and work in a dangerously overcrowded environment.

“No patient should have to be treated on a hospital trolley when they are at their sickest, let alone 92 people already today. I have been informed that patients are waiting days to get a hospital bed.

“Last Friday, Ward 1A at UHL was closed to facilitate building works at the fracture unit. This ward has 17 inpatient beds. We simply cannot afford any closure of beds at UHL. We need substantially more beds to be opened immediately.

“This decision needs to be reversed and this ward urgently needs to be re-opened.

“The Minister for Health has done absolutely nothing to address the chronic overcrowding in University Hospital Limerick, and overcrowding at the hospital has actually deteriorated substantially under Fine Gael’s watch. In fact, the number of people on trolleys at UHL has increased by 212% from 2011 to 2018.

“In the debate on the motion of no confidence in Minister Harris, I said I lost confidence in this Minister for Health a long time ago, so too did people using University Hospital Limerick. These figures today reaffirm Sinn Féin’s belief that Minister Harris is completely out of his depth.

“Minister Harris must step in and address this incredibly serious crisis at UHL now, or step down and let someone in who is willing to take the action required.” 

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