Record Levels Of Overcrowding At University Hospital Limerick

UHL corridor

Hospital overcrowding reached record levels at the region’s main hospital last month, with over 1,200 patients left waiting for a bed.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says the figure for April which is the highest since records began, is almost 200 more than the same month last year.

When compared to April of 2009, it’s a 330% increase in trolley numbers in a decade.

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Nationally, there were over 10,200 on trolleys in April and INMO General Secretary, Phil Ni Sheaghdha says she doesn’t understand how anyone can stand over the figures.

Today, there were 62 people on trolleys at University Hospital Limerick during morning rounds, 41 of those in the emergency department.

The overall figure is 29 more than the next busiest facility.