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