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

Published 24/04/2015 | 02:30

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)

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

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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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