Thursday, 7 November 2019
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh (Atógáil) - Questions on Promised Legislation (Resumed)
Maurice Quinlivan (Limerick City, Sinn Fein)
On the same matter, I want to raise the issue of University Hospital Limerick. The Minister will not be surprised to hear me saying that. Last year 11,437 people were on trolleys in University Hospital Limerick. We have passed that out already this year. In October, 1,450 people were on trolleys, which was an average of 70 people a day. Unfortunately, 70 people are on trolleys now as we are in the Chamber. The Minister recently said to my colleague, Deputy O'Reilly, in a committee, that the modular unit of 60 beds will have no effect this winter as it will not be built or delivered by then. What specific plan does the Minister have for this winter in order that there will not be 70 people every single day? Will he give the people in Limerick the health service they deserve so they are not packed in like sardines as the Minister has seen himself?