SIPTU has welcomed the publication by Health Information Quality Authority (HIQA) of the report on the safety, quality and standard of services at the University Limerick Hospitals Group. Commenting on the publication of the report SIPTU Sector Organiser, Kevin Figgis said: “Our members working within hospital group have welcomed this report given that it recognises the serious and significant issues arising for patients and staff alike. As an example, it is noted that HIQA has highlighted overcrowding within the emergency department of Mid-western Regional Hospital, Dooradoyle in Limerick as ‘the single most significant risk observed’. “This report has recognised and highlighted the distinct concerns of our members working within the emergency department of hospital. Given the constant overcrowding within the department, it is now independently verified that the current facility is not fit for purpose and requires immediate and focused attention.” In the report, HIQA has highlighted that a range of solutions must be found by the HSE in consultation with the National Director of Acute Hospitals in order to deal with excessive waiting times and overcrowding within the emergency department. “SIPTU nurses have had to take strike action previously in order to highlight the patient safety issues arising in the emergency department on a daily basis. The publication of this report underlines the identified risks which must be addressed urgently by the HSE and which cannot be tolerated any further,” he said.