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Urgent action needed at UHL

14 May 2020

Statement by Cllr Conor Sheehan

Limerick Labour Councillor Conor Sheehan has called on the Government to provide funding to address the funding shortfall at University Hospital Limerick. 


Cllr Sheehan said:

“There were 42 patients on trolleys at UHL today out of a total of 74 nationally. That is more than 57% of all patients on trolleys.

“We know that UHL is consistently the most overcrowded hospital in Ireland with nearly 14,000 people on trolleys.

“There is also a funding shortfall at UHL in comparison to Beaumont hospital in Dublin which serves the same population and this needs to be addressed by any incoming Government.

“In the meantime, the current caretaker administration needs to put in place a specific plan to deal with overcrowding at UHL.

“As services resume in the coming weeks and more people start to attend out patient clinics and screening, this only going to worsen.

“In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, urgent action is needed by the Minister to address a potentially dangerous situation.”