Regional Health Forum & UHL Management To Discuss Overcrowding

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Members of the Regional health Forum and management at University Hospital Limerick are to meet on July 19th to consider a response to overcrowding at the hospital.

The meeting was initially offered by the HSE following a motion passed at the May meeting of the Regional Health Forum that called for the upgrading of local hospitals and the re-opening of the Emergency Departments in Nenagh, Ennis and St John’s in Limerick.

The recent HIQA report on UHL found it to be non-compliant on 3 of four standards of care that it assessed and only partially compliant on the 4th standard.

The regional health forum is made of up of local councillors and health service administrators.

A representative for the Mid West Hospital Campaign has called for the full return of a 24 hour Emergency Department to Nenagh Hospital as part of an upgrade to Model 3 status.

Damian O’Donoghue believes this would deliver better patient care locally and alleviate pressure on University Hospital Limerick.

The three Tipperary Councillors on the forum are John Carroll, FF, Seamus Morris, NP and Peggy Ryan, FG. Mr Carroll is the current Chairperson.