Limerick hospital’s second year at top of overcrowding table

University Hospital Limerick: Highest number of people waiting for a bed in Ireland
Picture: Alan Place

UNIVERSITY Hospital Limerick (UHL) has recored the highest number of patients on trolleys in the country for the second year running.

According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, there were 8,116 patients waiting for a bed up to the end of November which was an 11 per cent increase on the 7,504 patients recorded in November 2016.

The overall numbers decreased countrywide by seven per cent over the same period.

Taking the month of November alone, UHL also had the highest figures nationally, with 878 patients recorded on trolleys. Numbers hit a new high last week when there were 69 patients waiting for a bed on one day.

Limerick Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan said the overcrowding crisis “shows no signs being fixed.  

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“I fear that the action needed will only happen after a tragedy occurs due to the overcrowding levels and by that stage it will be too late. I am constantly raising the issues facing University Hospital Limerick in the Dáil, but the government is not listening,” he said.