Calls for one of the country's biggest hospitals to go 'off call' to clear 'severe overcrowding'
A number of staff at one of the country's biggest hospitals have called for the hospital to go 'off call' immediately to clear the backlog of patients waiting on beds.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) are calling for the A&E department at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin to go 'off call' for an extended period to solve the 'severe overcrowding' situation.
A total of 41 patients are currently waiting on an in-patient bed this evening.
The INMO has described the figure as 'extremely high' for this time of the evening and reported the number to increase further as the night progresses.
“It is unacceptable that in 2015 patients are subjected to such degrading, inhumane conditions when they are at their most vulnerable," INMO Industrial Relations Officer, Lorraine Monaghan said.
"This situation has continued to worsen with overcrowding levels up by 40pc in the first 9 months of 2015 compared to the same period last year.
“Our members are faced with intolerable workloads day in, day out which is taking its toll, physically, mentally and emotionally.
"The situation is exacerbated by a shortage of nursing staff as the hospital cannot recruit/retain the numbers required.
"These totally unacceptable and stressful conditions prevent the nursing staff from providing safe care and cannot be allowed to continue. "Therefore the hospital must go off call.”
Of the 41 admitted patients, INMO report 18 to be over the age of 75.
While waiting on a bed, patients can spend days on trolleys and chairs in fully-lit, busy corridors.
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda are assisting Beaumont Hospital this evening, according to RTE.
Beaumont Hospital said there has been a significant increase in attendances at the A&E this year.
The department is also short two nurses.
Beaumont Hospital is the second-largest hospital in the country.