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Time for HSE senior officials to see conditions at UHL first-hand

11 December 2019

Statement by Alan Kelly TD
Spokesperson on Health

Following today’s Oireachtas Health committee, Alan Kelly TD, has ensured the Chief Executive of the HSE will visit University Hospital Limerick with members of the Health Committee to see the conditions first hand.

Deputy Kelly said:

“As 76 people lie on trolleys in University Hospital Limerick today, the Head of the HSE has agreed to go with a delegation from the Oireachtas Health Committee to University Hospital Limerick in the near future

“Mr. Reid will be able to see first hand the level of pressure staff and patients are under in University Hospital Limerick. The conditions I have seen in UHL are the worst I have ever seen.

“As revealed by RTÉ Primetime, over 440 incident reports were submitted by staff in UHL hospitals in October because of the dangerous conditions in the hospital. It is time for senior staff to see these conditions first hand.

“Staff, patients and their families are crying out for solutions.  We know through trolley-watch figures, that University Hospital Limerick is the most consistently overcrowded hospital in the country. Perhaps seeing these conditions first hand will shock the HSE into taking action.”