Nurses Have “Lost Hope” That Overcrowding Crisis At UHL Will Be Resolved

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Nurses say they’ve lost hope that chronic levels of overcrowding at the region’s main hospital will be resolved.

University Hospital Limerick has broken the national record for hospital overcrowding for the third time in two weeks, with 150 patients waiting for beds during morning rounds, according to the INMO.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says patients are being placed in “all available spaces, whatever their condition,” which it says is “unacceptable and dangerous.”

The UL Hospitals Group has said that 270 patients attended the Dooradoyle facility yesterday, and it’s advising that anyone who comes to ED, who doesn’t have a life-threatening or severe illness or injury, will face a significant wait.


INMO Assistant Director of Industrial Relations for the Midwest, Mary Fogarty has been telling Clare FM’s Fiona Cahill that targeted measures are needed immediately to protect working nurses in these departments and wards.

You can listen to the full interview below.