INMO Outlines Concerns For Staff & Patient Safety In UHL

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The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has outlined concerns around staff and patient safety in University Hospital Limerick.

This comes as 118 patients are without a bed in the hospital today.

Limerick patients make up 25% of the total number of patients on trolleys across the country –  some 468 patients.

There are 72 patients are on trolleys in Limerick and a further 46 patients have been accommodated in some ward.

So far in May  1,728 patients  have experienced delayed admission.

The Union says  this is not normal and should not be accepted as such.

Concerns have also been reported about fire safety in the hospital.

Union members are reporting that the Fire and Safety plan is not being following and that trolleys are being put in areas that pose a risk.

The union is calling for delivery of the Health and Safety Authority report what was presented  to management in September.

There are reports that  over the weekend in UHL, many patients were waiting over fourteen hours to be admitted, many over the age of 75. UH Tipperary in Clonmel reports 22 patients on trolleys.

The union has repeated a call for the HSE’s Emergency Taskforce to be convened urgently to discuss the persistent overcrowding .