Limerick Fianna Fáil TDs Willie O’Dea and Niall Collins, and Clare TD Timmy Dooley, today visited the Emergency Department at Mid-Western Regional Hospital to see first-hand the extent of over-crowding and the impact on patient safety.


Speaking afterwards, Deputy Collins said: “We are deeply concerned about what we saw today and there is no doubt that every concern raised by the nurses at MWRH is justified. Patient care at MWRH is at risk and something needs to be done to address these very real problems.”


Deputy Dooley commented, “The impact of the crisis at MWRH is far-reaching.  As the Minister for Health continues to ignore the problem, the health services right across the region are suffering. It’s not just about patients in Limerick, people in my own constituency of Co Clare are affected and are very worried about what is going on.”


Deputy O’Dea said: “We are again calling on the Minister for Health James Reilly to visit the Emergency Department at MWRH this week. He has tried to wash his hands of this for far too long. He needs to see, just like we did today, how this level of overcrowding is impacting patients.  As we head into the winter months, this problem will only get worse unless Minister  Reilly takes decisive action.”