Number of patients on hospital trolleys hits new high of 714

Hospital Trolley

The General Secretary of the INMO Phil Ni Sheaghda has said the situation with 714 people waiting for beds in the country's hospitals could have been avoided.

University Hospital Limerick is the most overcrowded in the country today with 80 people waiting on a bed.

The INMO figures also show that there were 45 patients on trolleys or on wards at University Hospital Galway, 43 at Cork University Hospital and 40 at Tallaght Hospital.

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

She said hospitals were just "way too overcrowded, emergency departments and wards".

Nurses said there were 15 children waiting on trolleys for admission to a bed, seven at Temple Street Hospital and eight at Our Lady's Hospital in Crumlin.

"Last week was the worst week ever experienced for emergency department overcrowding. It's truly shocking", Kelleher said.

Again, we corresponded with them saying 'you have to intervene. this is not good enough.' "Today, we have 714 (people waiting for a bed)".

Mr Varadkar's comments come as Simon Harris, the health minister, allocated an extra €5 million to deal with overcrowding.

A snapshot survey undertaken last week by NHI of private and voluntary nursing homes informed of 537 beds being available within 114 nursing homes to provide short- or long-stay care.

69% of survey respondents had bed availability, with 166 responding.

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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