Niall Collins hits out at overcrowding in Limerick hospital

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FIANNA Fáil TD Niall Collins has said that the record of the Government on health is “nothing short of disastrous”, after figures revealed University Hospital Limerick has had its highest ever level of overcrowding - in the month of June - this year.

FIANNA Fáil TD Niall Collins has said that the record of the Government on health is “nothing short of disastrous”, after figures revealed University Hospital Limerick has had its highest ever level of overcrowding - in the month of June - this year.

Figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show that 653 people had to be accommodated on trolleys this June, which is a 156% increase when compared to the June 2011 figure.

Deputy Collins stated that there are “underlying problems” with the Government’s health policy, claiming that it is “causing real problems for patients”.

“The record of this government on health has been nothing short of disastrous. The health service has limped from year to year with bogus budgets, flawed targets and unrealistic expectations of frontline staff,” he said.

A spokesperson for the UL Hospitals Group said it “apologises that any patient has to wait to be admitted”.

“The emergency department at University Hospital Limerick has experienced high volumes of patients presenting from the beginning of this year - and this has continued into the summer months.

“Amongst the factors contributing to the increase in pressure within the ED is the older age profile of patients presenting along with the complexity of issues they have,” the spokesperson explained.

Deputy Collins said that the figures show a “damning indictment” of the Government’s health policies.

This June, University Hospital Limerick has the fourth highest level of overcrowding, with an increase of 80% since June 2014.