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Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick. James Horan/Photocall Ireland
Work Stoppage

Nurses hold third strike at Limerick emergency department

Nurses are calling on the HSE and Dept of Health to address “gross overcrowding” at the hospital, where 17 admitted patients were waiting on trolleys for a bed yesterday.

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT nurses at Limerick’s Mid-Western Regional Hospital are holding a third work stoppage protest this morning.

The stoppage will be in operation from 8.30am to 12.30pm and involves nurses who are members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

The INMO says the strikes are continuing due to the failure of the Department of Health and HSE to address patient safety concerns over “gross overcrowding”.

It says day case activity has not fully been transferred to the supporting hospitals in Ennis, Nenagh and St John’s (Limerick), which would alleviate bed capacity issues within Mid-Western Regional Hospital.

The organisation also says that the recruitment moratorium is putting pressure on staff and means fewer nurses are available to deliver care.

Yesterday, 17 people waited on trolleys for a bed at Mid-Western Regional Hospital, according to the INMO’s Trolley Watch count. In total, 425 people around the country were waiting on trolleys.

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