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Worst Ever Tipperary Hospital Overcrowding Figures Recorded

The Executive of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) are expected to meet next week to set dates for future strike action. The organisation claim that it has asked the Government to work with it and to try to resolve problems regarding recruitment and retention in nursing. This regrettably has not happened and 95% of INMO nurses and midwives have now voted in favour of industrial action.

Limerick University Hospital (UHL)

Overcrowding figures in hospitals in the early part of last year saw January (12,201), February (10,772) and March (10,511). The worst-hit hospital, in 2018, was Limerick University Hospital with 11,437, latter which is expected to provides acute-care hospital services, including a 24-hour emergency department, for the population of Ireland’s Mid West Region, which encompasses the counties of Tipperary, Limerick and Clare.

University Hospital Limerick is also the main teaching hospital for all six hospitals run by the HSE in the greater Mid-West Region [Others in this group include St. Munchin’s Regional Maternity Hospital, Limerick; Mid Western Orthopaedic Hospital, Croom; St John’s Hospital, Limerick; Mid Western Regional Hospital, Ennis, and the Mid Western Regional Hospital.]  and is aligned with the Graduate Medical School at the University of Limerick

The smaller South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel, had 5,201 patients waiting on trolleys last year (2018).

In all, more than 108,000 patients went without a bed in Irish hospitals during 2018.

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