Near Record-Level Overcrowding At UHL

Unisveristy Hospital Limerick
Photo © Pat Flynn

The region’s main hospital is experiencing record levels of overcrowding once again today.

The latest figures from the INMO show 61 people were waiting for beds at University Hospital Limerick this morning, 30 of those in the Emergency Department.

The overall figure is 18 more than the second busiest facility in the country and just five shy of the national record set there in November last year.


At Cork University Hospital today, 43 people are waiting for beds in the emergency department and overflow areas of wards.

Meanwhile, a Ballyvaughan GP has described the on-going crisis in the health care system and postponement of suguries as an outrage.

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association has warned that delays in surgeries involving cancer patients is causing a significant risk to their health.

They’re among a growing list of patients, who’ve had procedures postponed, due to overcrowding in the health care system.

Dr Liam Glynn believes these delays are causing upset for patients already dealing with difficult situations: