Friday 22 September 2017

Number of patients on trolleys up 9pc on 2014

Hospital trolleys in the corridor. File picture
Hospital trolleys in the corridor. File picture
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

THE number of patients who endured trolley waits in hospital emergency departments last month was 9pc higher than in January 2014, a new analysis has revealed.

The analysis was presented at a meeting of the emergency department taskforce by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

The meeting of the group, charged with tackling the ongoing overcrowding in hospitals, was attended by Health Minister Leo Varadkar.

Nurses' representative Phil Ni Sheaghdha criticised the lack of urgency and absence of specific measures in a plan discussed at the meeting.

"The plan must be revised so that it includes concrete measures, involving the opening of additional beds with appropriate staffing, to alleviate the crisis in A&E overcrowding which continues unabated.

"Comparative figures for January 2015 confirms that the number of admitted patients, on trolleys increased by 9pc in 2015 compared to January 2014 - and by 39pc compared to January 2013.

"We asked all parties to note that there were 442 patients, on trolleys across the country today."

Irish Independent

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