Sunday 28 May 2017

Almost 9,000 patients on hospital trolleys instead of beds last month

The figures are the worst tally for March in a decade, according an analysis by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO)
The figures are the worst tally for March in a decade, according an analysis by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO)
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

ALMOST 9,000 patients were on trolleys in hospital emergency departments last month when they should have been in a bed.

The figures are the worst tally for March in a decade, according an analysis by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO).

The highest year-on-year increases were seen in:

  • St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin (178 to 599).
  • Mullingar Hospital, Mullingar (250 to 562).
  • St James's Hospital, Dublin (152 to 335).
  • The Mater Hospital, Dublin (264 to 541).
  • Beaumont Hospital, Dublin (342 to 643).

The union said that "contrary to best practice" most hospitals now placed extra trolleys on inpatient wards every day - a total of 1,814 in March.

Liam Doran, head of the union, said: "This is the ninth month in a row showing an increase."

Irish Independent

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