It’s claimed stricter regulations need to be put in place to prevent the spread of infection at the region’s main hospital.
It follows an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug at University Hospital Limerick with three cases confirmed yesterday afternoon.
Strict visiting restrictions are in place – visitors are banned from wards 3A and 1A – elsewhere only one visitor per patient is permitted, while children are not allowed to visit patients at the Dooradoyle facility.
A number of beds remain closed today as part of efforts to prevent the spread of infection, on a day when INMO figures show 56 patients were waiting on trolleys.
Clare member of the HSE’s regional Health Forum West, Independent Councillor Ann Norton, who is also the Manager of the Clare Crusaders, fears that the situation will worsen in the coming weeks: