30/09/2014

Call For Emergency Plan At UHL

The Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (INMO) is calling for the implementation of the Major Emergency Plan at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) to bring about a level of control and safety at the Emergency Department.

At 8am on Monday morning, 47 patients, who were admitted in the last 24 to 48 hours for care were left on trolleys in the Emergency Department because there were no beds available.

The INMO said this is catastrophic and the Major Emergency Plan should have been utilised by management at the hospital to protect the patients, the staff and to assist to make the hospital safe.

The INMO has assessed that at least an additional 70 acute beds are required at the hospital to cope with the fallout from a mismanaged reconfiguration process in the Mid-West.

Mary Fogarty, INMO Industrial Relations Officer, said: "There is no doubt that this level of overcrowding is causing poor outcomes for patients and a totally unacceptable work environment for staff.

"An urgent and implementable action plan is required, with robust management of same, if this hospital is to survive the winter without inflicting more harm on patients."

(CD/JP)

Related Irish News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

20 March 2019
Sinn Féin Propose Major Changes To Electoral Process
Sinn Féin have published their proposed changes to Ireland's electoral registration process and the creation of the electoral commission. The Sinn Féin electoral policy proposals are contained in two submissions made to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government on the issue.
16 February 2015
INMO Call For Drogheda Hospital To Be 'Off-Call' To Emergency Ambulances
The INMO has called for emergency ambulance calls to be diverted from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda due to the high number of patients on trolleys. The nurses organisation claims that there are currently fifty patients waiting for beds at the hospital, with the nurse-to-patient ratio putting people at risk of "compromised care".
12 August 2011
Tallaght Patient Died On Hospital Trolley
A man died while on a hospital trolley awaiting a doctor. Today, a verdict of death due to natural causes has been recorded after an inquest into the death of a patient at Tallaght Hospital Emergency Department.
01 March 2016
INMO Data Reveals Over 500 Patients Waiting On Trolleys
Over 500 patients are either on trolleys in hospital emergency departments or on wards waiting for beds, according to new figures. Data collected by the Irish Nurses and Midwives' Organisation (INMO) revealed there are a total of 544 patients waiting.
15 March 2019
Sláintecare Action Plan For 2019 Published
Minister for Health Simon Harris has published the Sláintecare Action Plan for 2019 which outlines the project management structures and governance approach for the 10-year implementation of Sláintecare- a strategy aimed at reducing waiting lists and improving Ireland's healthcare system.