Minister Harris sneaks in and out of Limerick to avoid hard questions – Maurice Quinlivan TD
Sinn Féin TD for Limerick City Maurice Quinlivan today responded to media reports that Minister for Health Simon Harris made an unannounced visit to University Hospital Limerick today.
Speaking from Limerick City, Teachta Quinlivan said;
“I don’t buy for one minute that Minister Harris’s intention was to make a snap inspection of University Hospital Limerick just to see how things are going.
“The Minister’s visit was unannounced, so he could sneak in and out of the Limerick hospital without facing hard questions from local representatives and from the media about the atrocious overcrowding and other problems at the hospital.
“It is unsurprising the Minister did not want anyone knowing he was arriving, considering 76 people were lying on trolleys in UHL today.
“A picture of the Minister standing in the middle of an A&E with 76 people on trolleys around him wouldn’t do his image much good.
“It’s also no coincidence that Minister Harris was content to arrive and depart in secret, considering the unanswered questions about the HSE awarding a contract for a new ward at UHL, to a company currently being sued for building defects in over 40 schools.
“However, I do welcome the fact that he did visit the hospital to see for himself the severe overcrowding crisis that is putting patient’s lives at risk and making it almost impossible for health staff to work in.
“I look forward to hearing what immediate action he is now going to take to address the numerous problems at University Hospital Limerick.
“After seeing it for himself, he can no longer ignore the crisis at UHL.”