Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins is seeking a special Dáil debate this afternoon on the overcrowding crisis at University Hospital Limerick.

55 patients are on trolleys at the hospital awaiting admission and all non-urgent surgery has been cancelled.

Deputy Collins said: “The situation at University Hospital Limerick is extremely serious today.  The overcrowding crisis is putting patient safety at risk and all non-urgent surgery has been cancelled at the hospital.  It is disgraceful that the situation in our hospitals continues to deteriorate despite the fact that government new that urgent measures were needed to prevent this.

“I have sought a special debate with the Minister for Health on this matter in the Dáil this afternoon.  It is essential that Minister Varadkar make himself available to the Dáil this afternoon to discuss the crisis.  The number of people waiting on trolleys in hospitals across the country today is 4th highest that has ever been recorded by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

“I understand that surgery has been cancelled at University Hospital Limerick today but surgery at sister hospitals are under review and this is likely to be the case at other hospitals as well.”