Sunday 23 July 2017

Staff levels are key to addressing hospital overcrowding crisis

‘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)
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

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).

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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