Is there any cure for Ireland’s most overcrowded hospital?

University Hospital Limerick management has defended the hospital’s performance by citing a lack of beds, but a Hiqa inspection also found that a shortage of nurses, slow patient throughput and delayed discharges at weekends were adding to its problems

Overcrowding: Hospital A&E departments have been overwhelmed by the post-Christmas surge in patients with Covid-19, other respiratory viruses and flu. Picture: Getty

In the past year, the population equivalent of a large Irish town has been left on trolleys in the country’s most overcrowded hospital.

The accident and emergency department in University Hospital Limerick (UHL) has become the most feared destination for patients, because the risk they will be left on a trolley is higher than any other hospital in the country.

Last year, it had 18,028 patients on trolleys, which is more than the population of ...