Two Tipp TDs React To UHL Overcrowding

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Two Tipperary TDs have responded to overcrowding at UHL yesterday when the hospital appealed to the public not to attend unless absolutely necessary.

Deputy Michael Lowry says the fastest, most cost-effective and most realistic answer lies in upgrading and increasing the services provided at both Nenagh and Ennis hospitals.

Deputy Lowry described the lack of sufficient staff at Nenagh Injury unit as abysmal.

Deputy Martin Browne was critical of deficits relating to diagnostics, staffing retention issues, and training deficits which he says impacts on functioning of EDs and waiting lists.

He called on the Government to take a serious, hands-on approach to both reform and workforce planning and greater investment in public diagnostic capacity, with direct access for GPs, so that more care can be provided in the community.