*Cllr Cillian Murphy. Photograph: Martin Connolly Amount of outpatients in the Mid-West are rising while consultant positions remain vacant, a West Clare representative has noted.
Restrictions on access to University Maternity Hospital Limerick (UMHL) are to gradually decrease as local transmission of COVID-19 decreases and the vaccination programme rolls out across the Mid-West.
Overcrowding at the region’s main hospital has not gone away despite the onset of a pandemic, a Barefield representative has flagged while up to 90 percent of patients have been waiting for over a year for scheduled care which is causing anxiety within the county.
A South Clare councillor has called on the HSE to put in place necessary support to ensure general practitioners are not put under undue pressure when it comes to the administering of the COVID-19 vaccine.
A “significant number of staff” at Ennis Hospital and University Hospital Limerick are currently off work and self-isolating following recent outbreaks of COVID-19 while a spokesperson for UL Hospitals Group has refused to specify on how many people are affected.