Fianna Fáil TD for Clare Timmy Dooley has said the latest HIQA report on University Hospital Limerick further highlights that the government’s health strategy is failing. Deputy Dooley made the comments after HIQA raised concerns about standards at the hospital following a surprise inspection earlier this month.

Deputy Dooley said, “The latest HIQA report on University Hospital Limerick comes on foot of an unannounced inspection at the hospital last month. The report outlines the impossible task that staff have in maintaining high standards at the hospital while at the same time having to deal with significant government cutbacks.

“The government has essentially made matters worse for both patients and staff by not providing the necessary resources to allow the hospital to achieve the highest possible standards. The report details that the lack of maintenance at the hospital has led to waste management facilities failing despite staff having highlighted the problem. The report also reveals that certain ward infrastructure is in need of maintenance despite HIQA having already highlighted the problems in November 2014.

“This latest report essentially sets it out in black and white that the government’s health strategy is failing. The government is continuing to starve hospitals and other medical facilities of much needed funding. This is having a direct knock on effect on the standards in the health service. Nothing constructive has come of Fine Gael’s promises to reform the health service. What we have seen is cut back on top of cutback being driven through by Fine Gael Minister’s while Labour remains silent on the issue”, said Deputy Dooley.