Trolley crisis at UHL shames the Minister – Maurice Quinlivan T.D.

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Advertisement Print Email Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads LimerickNewsTrolley crisis at UHL shames the Minister – Maurice Quinlivan T.D.By Sarah Carr – April 22, 2021 242 Sinn Fein TD Maurice Quinlivan.Pic. Emma Jervis/ Press 22 SINN Féin TD, Maurice Quinlivan, has expressed his deep concern at the call by UL Hospitals Group urging the Limerick public to “consider all care options” before attending the Emergency Department at University Hospital Limerick. How Stephen Donnelly the Health Minister can stand idly by while this problem escalates is beyond belief.Speaking today, the Limerick TD stated:Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Yesterday, there were 70 people being treated on hospital trolleys at the University Hospital, today there are 63. The amount of people on trolleys has nearly quadrupled when compared with the numbers for this time last year. Staffing and capacity issues remain a huge problem, that the Minister for Health has yet to address in any meaningful way. I intend to raise the ongoing crisis at UHL in the Dáil again next week. Month on month this issue continues, and the Minister seems to have taken no steps to address it.”According to UL Hospitals 283 patients attended the Emergency Department over the last 24 hours.The Sinn Féin TD added:“Staff at the hospital continue to do an incredible job in very difficult circumstances. They are overworked. Hospital staff in Limerick have made huge sacrifices in the battle against Covid-19. Over the past year, many staff members have been forced to self-isolate due to close contact concerns. I commend all our local healthcare workers and supporting staff for the vital work that they do.However, it leaves us in the incredible situation where UL Hospitals Group are forced to urge the Limerick public to “consider all care options” before attending the Emergency Department. This must be the wakeup call that the Health minister needs to take decisive action and intervene.”Concluding his remarks, Deputy Quinlivan added:“Capacity and overcrowding remain a huge challenge at UHL.  At a recent HSE briefing the proposed 96-bed modular unit was discussed. This unit when completed will be very welcome, but it will not deliver 96 new beds. Half of this unit will be to replace existing beds within UHL. At a time of such high trolley numbers it is imperative that all these beds are new beds. Efforts must be ramped up significantly by the Department of Health and the Minister to ensure this 96 bed unit is delivered quicker than previously planned.”center_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLimerick City and County Council to CPO a further 24 derelict propertiesNext articleLimerick teens tackling major social issues through new TY programme Sarah Carr Facebook Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostMaurice Quinlivan TD last_img

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