74 On Trolleys At UHL As INMO Calls For Private Hospitals Deal To Avoid Winter Crisis Nationally

University Hospital Limerick emergency department

There’s been a spike in the level of overcrowding at the region’s main hospital as the week begins.

74 patients were left waiting for beds at University Hospital Limerick this morning, according to the latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organistion.

It comes as the union is calling for the State to sign deals with private hospitals now, to avoid the health system becoming over-run this winter.

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The INMO says public hospitals will not cope with flu and Covid, without the help of private ones.