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UHL at “breaking point” as 1,404 patients recorded on trolleys in September – Maurice Quinlivan TD

30 September, 2019 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin TD for Limerick City Maurice Quinlivan has today said the continued overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick has pushed the hospital to breaking point, as figures show 1,404 patients were forced to wait on trolleys and chairs in September alone.

Speaking from Limerick today, Deputy Quinlivan said;

“September in University Hospital Limerick has been the worst month for overcrowding that I can remember, with 1,404 patients forced to wait on trolleys this month alone.

“This is the highest number of patients on trolleys, a single hospital has seen in one month, since the INMO began their records.

“It is yet another dismal record set by this incompetent Fine Gael government.

“These figures represent a 57% increase on the same month last year - an extraordinary increase in a hospital that was already severely overcrowded.

“I’m at a loss to understand how Minister Simon Harris has allowed it to escalate to this level.

“His apathy towards the crisis in our local hospital beggars belief.

“This level of overcrowding is incredibly unfair and unsafe for patients. It is terribly difficult on the staff and nurses who must work in these very trying circumstances.

“Minister Harris has thus far failed to deal with the issues that are causing this emergency. These are the issues of recruitment and retention of staff, capacity - failure to reopen closed beds, adequate step-down facilities, and proper primary and community care.

“The people of Limerick and the wider Mid-West deserve access to quality healthcare facilities like every other citizen, but they are currently being denied this. University Hospital Limerick is now at breaking point.

“The Minister for Health Simon Harris must intervene in UHL now, before the situation escalates any further, especially facing into the busier winter months.”

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