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Leitrim TD wants to make injury units 24/7

May 17, 2023 13:44 By Shannonside News
Leitrim TD wants to make injury units 24/7
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Deputy Harkin believes the move would have a positive impact on hospitals.

A Leitrim TD wants to make local injury units 24/7 in a bid to reduce overcrowding.

Marian Harkin's comments come as 2022 was the worst year for overcrowding on record, with over 121 thousand patients left waiting for a bed.

A motion is going before the Dáil today calling for Medical Assessment Units and Local Injury Units at Ireland's smaller, Level 2 hospitals to stay open 24 hours a day. There is currently no Emergency Department in Roscommon since 2011 and the Emergency Department at Mullingar hospital has been 'extremely busy' in recent months.

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The Independent TD is one of those behind the motion and she says it could alleviate pressure on emergency departments overnight:

''These units deliver expert, efficient and timely treatment but the crucial thing with both of those is that they play a huge role in avoiding the need for many people to access the emergency department and we know that will have a significant impact on overcrowding.'' 

 

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