A steering group is being formed to manage both the transition of the existing staff and the recruitment of new staff
A NEW steering group is being formed ahead of the much-awaited opening of a new emergency department at University Hospital Limerick.
Construction of new unit has been completed and work to fit it out is currently underway.
The state-of-the-art department, which will triple the size of the current emergency department, is due open in the first quarter of 2017.
Up to 100 extra whole-time frontline staff are to be hired with the recruitment process due to get underway shortly.
A spokesperson for UL Hospitals Group confirmed that a multidisciplinary steering group is being formed to manage both the transition of the existing staff and the recruitment of the additional staff required for the new department.
“UL Hospitals is committed to involving staff and their representatives fully in this important work and it is envisaged that the trade unions will be represented on the steering group,” said the spokesperson who confirmed the group is likely to meet for the first time next month.
“UL Hospitals Group is working with the HSE’s Programme for Health Service Improvement to deliver this facility in a timely manner. The new ED will not only greatly improve the patient experience but will provide a much better work environment for the highly skilled staff at UHL,” she added.
Sinn Fein TD, Maurice Quinlivan, has welcomed confirmation that the new ed will open early next year.
“The people of the Mid-West region deserve a 21st century health service and they have waited long enough for what is a basic yet vitally important key public services,” he said in a statement.