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Another disastrous month for UHL emergency department – Maurice Quinlivan TD

30 August, 2019 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin TD for Limerick City Maurice Quinlivan today commented on the huge number of people who were forced to wait on trolleys at University Hospital Limerick in August and asked where the response and action from Minister Harris was after his secret visit to the hospital earlier this month.

Speaking today, Deputy Quinlivan said;

“August has been another incredibly difficult month for patients, their families and the staff in University Hospital Limerick.

“This August has seen a record 1,207 people, including 52 today, sick people lying on hospital trolleys as recorded by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

“It is completely unfair on the patients who are packed into the hospital, and incredibly tough for staff to carry out their duties.

“If this is the level of overcrowding in the middle of the summer, when the hospital should be at it’s quietest, I dread to think what the situation will be like in the middle of winter, with outbreaks of flu and other illnesses.

“The Minister for Health Simon Harris made his secret dash into and out of UHL this month, avoiding local representatives, the media and any hard questions, and we have yet to hear what he intends to do to tackle this ongoing crisis.

“The silence from Minister Harris and from local Fine Gael representatives in relation to the crisis at UHL is deafening.

“Limerick citizens deserve better than the treatment they are receiving from this government.

“There is a new crisis, controversy or scandal each week with this government, and unfortunately Limerick’s overcrowding crisis has been forgotten in the middle of them all.”

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