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‘Chaotic and out of control’ – INMO brief Limerick TDs on University Hospital Limerick – Quinlivan

10 April, 2019 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin Limerick City TD Maurice Quinlivan hosted a delegation from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation in Leinster House on Tuesday evening, giving the INMO an opportunity to brief TDs from Limerick and the mid-west on the current overcrowding crisis at UHL, and what action local TDs can take to help solve the issue.

Speaking after the meeting, Deputy Quinlivan said;

“Last week saw 81 patients lying on trolleys in UHL on one day alone, the highest daily figure ever recorded in an Irish hospital.

“The situation in UHL keeps deteriorating, and so I thought it was important to organise a briefing for TDs from Limerick and the Mid-West, to ensure we are all fully informed on what is going on in UHL on the ground and what action needs to be taken to ensure the safety of our constituents using this hospital.

“The INMO described extremely worrying conditions in University Hospital Limerick, and explained how difficult it is for sick patients to be treated, and described the huge stress staff are under at the hospital.

“’Chaotic and out of control’, ‘soul destroying’, ‘a total disregard for staff by management’ and ‘patients waiting up to 200 hours in the Emergency Department’ were some of the incredibly worrying statements we heard from nurses at the briefing.

“The INMO made it clear there is a need for an additional 150 beds at UHL, in addition to extra staff, and said an independent external clinical review is required to identify the current risks and what needs to be addressed at the hospital immediately.

“It was clear from nurses on the ground that it is only a matter of time before a serious incident occurs with this level of overcrowding.

“Concluding the meeting, I suggested that the INMO write to all Limerick and mid-west TDs outlining the actions that are required, with the intention of sending a signed cross-party letter to the Minister for Health and the CEO of the UL Hospital Group demanding immediate action be taken to make University Hospital safe for patients and staff.” 

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