Friday 23 August 2019

Limerick trolley crisis worst in the country

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David Raleigh

The trolley crisis at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) was the worst in the country yesterday with 46 people on trolleys in the emergency department and on wards.

Despite a new state-of-the-art €25m Emergency Department opening a year ago, the trolley crisis at UHL has worsened, according to official figures published by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

The chief executive called for the Government to fast-track its proposed 10-year Sláintecare plan to transform the health service, as the hospital trolley crisis continues unabated in the mid-west.

Professor Colette Cowan, CEO, UL Hospitals Group, described how 256 people recently attended the emergency department at UHL in one day.

Prof Cowan acknowledged "activity is way up" at the Limerick ED which provides the only 24-hour emergency department for the whole of Co Limerick, Co Clare, Co Tipperary and parts of North Cork.

Prof Cowan said: "We are the busiest ED in the country and the footfall remains high."

The solution involves "the movement of Sláintecare", she added.

Irish Independent

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