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Limerick A&E department to close at night reporters

Published 20/06/2011 | 14:18

The Limerick Mid West regional hospital is set to close its emergency department at night because of a shortage of doctors.

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The hospital claims it is down to 50pc of its compliment of staff and will therefore be forced to close its accident and emergency service from 8pm to 8am from 1 July. Patients will instead be brought to hospitals in Cork or Galway.

The chairman of the hospital’s medical board, Dr Sandy Fraser, recently informed the HSE that patients attending A&E will not be admitted during night-time hours due to a chronic shortage of non-consultant hospital doctors. Dr Fraser said it would not longer be possible to maintain A&S services at the hospital 24 hours a day.

According to Dr Fraser, less than half of the positions required to staff the emergency department from 1 July have been filled at this stage.

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