Sinn Fein’s Cllr Seamus Morris has called on the HSE to reopen wards in Nenagh Hospital immediately and extend the hospital’s Local Injury Clinic hours to deal with the number of people on trolleys in UL Hospital this week.
There were 47 people on trolleys in the Limerick hospital this Monday, according to figures released by Trolley Watch.
“The figures of 47 people lying on trollies without dignity and waiting to be diagnosed in an incredibly dangerous work environment shows that the TDs of North Tipperary have failed the people who voted them in and should apologise for their betrayal,” he said.
Cllr Morris said the A&E in Limerick was “not fit for purpose” and “squeezing people into the unit is an accident waiting to happen”.
The HSE should also explore the possibility of opening another Grade 3 hospital in the Mid West as Limerick was just not large enough, he said.
“These figures come in mild weather and will undoubtedly worsen as the weather gets colder. It is now time for emergency action before there is a terrible tragedy in University Hospital Limerick,” said Cllr Morris.
The SF councillor from Nenagh said: “It is time for the HSE and the politicians of the Mid West to get down from their ivory towers where they depend on spin doctors while the people that they are paid to defend suffer the consequences.”
Cllr Morris also stated that when the hospital services were reconfigurated in the Mid West, he had refused to be charmed by the HSE spin that was swallowed by every North Tipperary TD, including Maura Hoctor and Michael Lowry who started the ill fated reconfigeration; Alan Kelly, PRO of the now disbaned Nenagh Hospital Action Group, and Noel Coonan.
“They uturned themselves into taking even more services for the hospital that they promised to defend. These politicians have inflicted incredible pain and anguish on the people of the Mid West,” he said.