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Shockingly high level of overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick – Quinlivan

10 July, 2019 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD


Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan today criticised Minister for Health Simon Harris for his failure to address the overcrowding crisis in University Hospital Limerick.

Deputy Quinlivan’s comments come as the INMO announced 78 patients are lying on trolleys in University Hospital Limerick today.

Speaking this morning, the Limerick City TD said;

“Unfortunately, the overcrowding crisis in University Hospital Limerick continues unabated, with 78 patients lying on trolleys at the Dooradoyle hospital today.

“This is a shockingly high number for one hospital, especially in the middle of summer when you would expect trolley numbers to be significantly down on the winter months.

“The Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has completely failed to address the overcrowding crisis which has engulfed this hospital for years now, and it seems he has no plan to fix the problem.

“This level of overcrowding is completely unacceptable, and the safety and welfare of patients is being put at risk with this level of severe overcrowding.

“It’s also incredibly unfair to expect our nurses, doctors, and staff to work under such pressurised conditions.

“The huge numbers on hospital trolleys has become a monthly occurrence, and Minister Harris needs to take radical action, focusing on four main areas; recruitment and retention of staff, reopening closed beds, adequate step down facilities, and proper primary and community care.

“The people of Limerick City deserve quality healthcare facilities like every other citizen across the state, and not a dangerously overcrowded hospital. Unfortunately, this government is not willing to make this a reality.” 

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