Health Minister Gives Go Ahead To 60-Bed Modular Unit At UHL

Unisveristy Hospital Limerick
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The Health Minister has confirmed funding for the long-awaited 60-bed modular unit to alleviate overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick.

The €40 million project is seen as key in tackling the long waits at the Dooradoyle facility, which regularly tops the INMO’s daily trolleywatch report.

The Minister has also being defending himself after being labelled a ‘frightened little boy’ as Clare FM’s Derrick Lynch reports.


While Minister Harris was at Milford Hospice and in Nenagh this morning, it is University Hospital Limerick that is taking centre stage today.

Today he has confirmed that the long-awaited 60-bed modular unit in the region’s main hospital has been given the go-ahead.

The project – previously estimated at €40 million – is expected to see the beds added by late 2019, and – it is hoped – this capacity increase will help ease overcrowding.

Minister Harris says it’s high time something was done for the MidWest.

Also overshadowing the Minister’s actions today is this weekend’s Sunday Business Post interview by Tony O’Brien.

In it, the former HSE chief launched a scathing attack on Simon Harris, labelling him as weak and describing him as acting like a “frightened little boy” during the CervicalCheck crisis.

Clare’s Independent TD Dr Michael Harty has been asked today for his take on the Minister’s response.

The Taoiseach has today defended the Health Minister, while Simon Harris gave his own reaction when speaking to reporters today.