Review Team Begins At UHL On Overcrowding Issue

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Overcrowding at UHL was raised in the Dáil today by Tipperary TD Michael Lowry. 

Saying the hospital has been in crisis for some time he sought details from the Taoiseach about the HSE expert team that were to examine the hospital and asked that their report be published in the interests of transparency.

The Thurles based TD cited the fact that one day last week 126 patients experienced delayed admission at the hospital and asked that the wider health infrastructure including St Johns in Limerick, Ennis Hospital and Nenagh hospital be included in developing a solution.

The Taoiseach informed Deputy Lowry that the review team has now started their work.

The review team are asked to identify what additional resources could be made available and if any changes to procedures could be made to alleviate the pressure at UHL.

The Taoiseach says that Limerick has seen an 10% increase in attendances compared to the same period in 2019.

The Dail was also informed that a works contract for a new 96 bed block at UHL was approved by the HSE on March 25th this year.