Labour's health spokesperson Alan Kelly has committed the party to what he describes as a rebalancing of funding and ending inequity at the most overcrowded Emergency Departments in the country.

In particular Labour will commit €40m to equalising the imbalance in funding to University Hospital Limerick; the most overcrowded Emergency Department in the country.

Figures he has researched between the resources at University hospital Limerick and Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, which has a similar catchment area, found there are significant disparities.

Limerick hospital has over 67,000 presentations at its Emergency Department every year, compared to 54,430 at Beaumont. Yet UHL has 429 doctors, compared to 592 at Beaumont, and 1,001 nurses compared to 1,327 at Beaumont.

He said Labour is pledging to spend an extra €1 billion a year to fix the problems that exist in our health service.

Of the €40m committed to UHL over three years, he says €20m will be spent in the first year if they are in government to lift the ban on the recruitment of medical staff.