Tuesday 6 December 2016

Staff levels are key to addressing hospital overcrowding crisis

Published 14/01/2016 | 02:30

‘Moving patients on trolleys in emergency departments to wards will not alleviate overcrowding’. (Picture posed)
‘Moving patients on trolleys in emergency departments to wards will not alleviate overcrowding’. (Picture posed)

As a practising nurse of many years' experience, I feel I must comment on the recent article by Dr Brendan O' Shea (Irish Independent, January 11).

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I was appalled at his suggestion that patients on trolleys in emergency departments should be moved to wards to alleviate overcrowding.

He further suggests that zero tolerance for moving these patients by nursing staff is akin to "playing silly industrial relations games".

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