Disgraceful: 239 patients died on trolleys in UHL between 2019 and 2023 – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

Disgraceful: 239 patients died on trolleys in UHL between 2019 and 2023




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Between 2019 and 2023, a total of 239 people at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) passed away while confined to trolleys, reports RTE.

Council members from Donegal to Limerick attended the monthly regional health meeting when the data were presented.

In response to a query from Clare councillor Cillian Murphy, who requested a breakdown of the number of inpatient deaths on trolleys in emergency rooms at several hospitals in the area, including Letterkenny, Sligo, Galway, and Limerick, during the five years leading up to 2023, the figures were provided, reports RTE.

The forum was informed that 239 people at UHL passed away while they were on trolleys during that period.

CEO Colette Cowan of UHL noted in a response that the number includes hospital admissions for patients who had a reserved bed but were in the emergency department (ED) at the time of death.

The numbers do not include critically injured patients who were sent straight to resuscitation after an accident or unexpected sickness, nor do they include patients who had already gone away by the time they reached to UHL ED, reports RTE.

Patients with life-threatening illnesses or those nearing the end of their lives were classified as the highest category for the majority of cases.

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