Independent Tipperary Councillor Seamus Morris say he is begging on the Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council Cllr Ger Darcy and Nenagh MD Cathaoirleach Cllr Hughie McGrath to call an emergency meeting of all local and national politicians, the fire chiefs, all declared Local Election candidates and representatives of the Nenagh Needs its A and E group.
Cllr Morris wants the meeting to discuss the very serious health and safety consequences of what he terms “the failure of the whole reconfiguration of emergency health services in the Mid-West”
Cllr Morris says it is now time to give political leadership on the issue as yesterday saw the worst trolley numbers in the history of trolley numbers with 150 patients on trolleys in University Hospital Limerick.
Over 200 patients have had planned care in Nenagh hospital cancelled since January 8th in an attempt to alleviate overcrowding.
Cllr Morris describes the situation as most serious and is expressing grave concerns in respect of safety at UHL in the event of a fire.
Hospital management in UHL say presentations to the Emergency Department at UHL increased by 28% on last year and emergency admissions by 17% during the first three weeks of 2024.
This trend is more pronounced still among the over 75s with ED presentations having increased by 39% in the first three weeks of the year and emergency admissions by 34%.