Call to use Ennis and Nenagh hospitals to take pressure off staff who are ‘stressed beyond words’

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Alan Kelly, TD.

Labour’s Alan Kelly has called for the HSE to make more use of the hospitals in Nenagh and Ennis to take some of the pressure off University Hospital Limerick (UHL).

The Labour Party Health Spokesperson made the comment as the INMO identified UHL as the most overcrowded hospital in October, while South Tipperary General Hospital (STGH) was found to be the fourth most under-pressure hospital during the month.

It was the worst-ever October on record and the second-worst month for overcrowding since records began.

stressed beyond words

Throughout the month, 1,450 people were waiting for beds at UHL, while 753 were waiting at STGH.

Deputy Kelly has said that Health Minister Simon Harris needs to bring forward a bespoke, tailored plan for University Hospital Limerick that includes widening treatment pathways in Nenagh and Ennis.

He also noted that there are over 100 unfilled nursing posts at UHL, where, he said, staff are ‘over-stretched’ and ‘stressed beyond words’.  He has put this down to the recruitment ban he claims the government continues to deny exists.