Anger at backlog in children's A&E
Published 22/02/2012 | 05:00
The Irish Association for Emergency Medicine last night called for immediate action to tackle the historically high and dangerous levels of overcrowding in emergency departments of children's hospitals.
It warned: "Children are amongst the most vulnerable members in our society and overcrowding should simply be regarded as unacceptable."
Clinicians at the emergency department of Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin researched the problem and revealed that children awaiting admission but remaining "on trolleys" had increased by nearly 700pc in just over three years.