Joint Easter message on Covid 19 from Limerick City and County Council, HSE, UL Hospitals and An Garda Síochána Call for Government action as 81 patients wait for beds in UHL University Hospital LimerickRECORD numbers of patients had to wait for a bed after being admitted to hospital last month with University Hospital Limerick (UHL) faring worst of all.9,439 hospital patients were forced to wait without a bed, the highest number ever recorded in July, according to a new monthly analysis by the INMO.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In Limerick, 1,293 patients had to be accommodated on trolleys or in overflow wards until a bed in a regular ward was freed up.Compared to July 2018, there has been an increase of 33 per cent. When records began in 2006, there were 3,460 patients on trolleys in July, which is around a third of this month’s figure.At that time, the INMO did not count patients waiting for a bed in overflow wards or areas other than the ED, however.Among the 9,439 patients were 45 children.INMO Director of Industrial Relations, Tony Fitzpatrick.INMO Director of Industrial Relations, Tony Fitzpatrick said thatevery day there are hundreds of patients languishing in corridors, waiting for a hospital bed.“Currently over 700 patients cannot be discharged from hospital. In the meantime, hundreds of frontline nursing and midwifery posts are currently vacant due to the HSE’s dysfunctional and bureaucratic employment control processes,” he added.UHL group has consistently said that they do not have adequate bed numbers for the population they service.A 60 bed-block is currently underway and there are plans for a new block to provide more than 90 additional beds. TAGShealthHSEINMOLimerick City and CountyNewsUHLuniversity hospital limerick Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Twitter WhatsApp Email Previous articleLimerick movie jobs to rise from €45 million foundationNext articleThe Murder Capital / Steamboat Music album event Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Print SCAM ALERT: HSE warn of bogus calls following cyber attack Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Linkedin Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites NewsHealthJuly’s trolley figures were the worst everBy Bernie English – August 1, 2019 130 World Sepsis Day – Have You Asked, ‘Could it be Sepsis?’
The Sunday Times yesterday claimed that Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) had released a leaflet that “told” students to use ‘ze’ as a gender neutral pronoun in place of ‘he’ and ‘she’, however OUSU deny that any such leaflet was ever released.OUSU assert that they would never insist on students using the term and that their policy has only ever been to encourage students to declare their chosen pronoun when they speak at OUSU meetings.In a statement, OUSU said, “As far as we’re aware, the information which has been published is incorrect. We have not produced a leaflet implying that all students must use ‘ze’ pronouns to refer to others, or indeed to themselves.“We would also like to clearly state that we would never tell anyone to use ‘ze’ pronouns instead of ‘he’ or ‘she’ if ‘he’ or ‘she’ is the pronoun someone wishes to use. That would be misgendering and would likely have the biggest impact on individuals (ie, some trans students) who may already be struggling to get people to use ‘he’ or ‘she’ for them. It would be totally counterproductive.”Sunday Times Education Editor Sian Griffiths told Cherwell that the main source was an OUSU policy document published in June of 2016, which merely states that in OUSU meetings one should identify one’s preferred pronoun. The document makes no reference to ‘ze’ at any point.The story was soon picked up by range of national and international media organisations including The Daily Mail, Russia Today, The Huffington Post, and The Times of India, who themselves provided no sources for the story. The articles provoked a storm of angry comments bemoaning “special snowflake” students and “PC gone mad”. One commentator on The Times article wrote of OUSU, “They are a bunch of teenage lefties whom no-one has ever taken seriously, and that they should be given such publicity for their usual infantilism is bizarre.”Another on the MailOnline declared, “The lunatics are taking over the asylum.”This follows weeks of debate about the rise of so called ‘fake news’, stories that are either exaggerated or totally made up in order to attract greater clicks and a corresponding increase in advertising revenue. Media commentators have expressed their worry that fake news will play into the prejudices of those on both sides of the political spectrum, contributing to polarisation and damaging rational dialogue.The Sunday Times has been contacted for comment, as well as The Daily Mail, Russia Today, The Huffington Post, and The Times of India.