A Minister Of State at the Department of Health is acknowledging that additional bed capacity has not been sufficient in tackling the chronic level of overcrowding at the region’s main hospital.
The ongoing crisis at University Hospital Limerick has been raised by both Clarecastle Fine Gael Deputy Joe Carey and Mountshannon Fianna Fáil Senator Timmy Dooley in Dáil and Seanad.
Last week, the level of overcrowding at the Dooradoyle facility peaked at 126, the highest on record of any hospital in the country since records began, while this week numbers have reached 113 and 111.
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Minster of State for Older People, Mary Butler has agreed to make representations to the Health Minister about calls for an elective-only hospital in Limerick.