Concern That Clare Patients Are Becoming The Health Service’s “Forgotten People”

University Hospital Limerick emergency department

Concern is being expressed that patients living in Clare are becoming the “forgotten people” of the health service.

It comes as trolley numbers have spiked at the region’s main hospital today, with 73 patients waiting for a bed there this morning, according to INMO figures, up from 57 yesterday.

It means University Hospital Limerick is once again the busiest in the country today.

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It comes just days before a planned march in Limerick this weekend organised by the Midwest Hospital Campaign, which is calling for the A&E departments in both Ennis and Nenagh to be re-opened, to address the situation.

Health campaigner and Independent Barefield Councillor Ann Norton has been telling Clare FM’s James Mulhall that she’s concerned there is too much focus on Limerick, while Ennis General Hospital is being sidelined.