Medicine

Overcrowding in hospitals 'reaches record levels'

Overcrowding in hospitals 'reaches record levels'

There are 714 patients on trolleys or on wards awaiting admission to a hospital bed on Monday - the highest number ever recorded.

"We saw record trolley figures last week with a total of 3,112 in just one week and today each daily total from that week has been surpassed by the extraordinary figure of 714 admitted patients on trolleys today", INMO general secretary Phil NĂ­ Sheaghdha said.

University Hospital Limerick has the most people waiting on trolleys, at 80.

Furthermore, the number of patients on trolleys in any given day has exceeded 600 on 14 separate days so far this year.

The Government has been urged to declare an emergency status in hospitals as overcrowding reaches record levels.

She said that is it "not possible" for hospital staff to to provide safe care under these conditions.




"In part I think it is probably because of a very long flu season but that's not an excuse and doesn't make it acceptable".

The Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (INMO) has deemed the current environment as 'absolutely unsafe'. "Doctors are at the end of their tether with this ongoing crisis and it looks like there is simply no end in sight". Today we are seeing the worst day ever.

"Not only are the figures themselves completely unacceptable, but the length of time that patients are being kept on trolleys is extremely worrying".

"This is surely some breach of human rights?".

Nursing Homes Ireland has written to the Minister for Health Simon Harris and the HSE to inform of bed availability within nursing homes to alleviate overcrowding within our acute hospitals.

The hospital said: "ED patients are seen in order of priority which may result in patients with minor illnesses or injuries experiencing delays".


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