Saturday 14 December 2019

January worst month on record for hospital overcrowding

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Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

January was the worst month on record for hospital overcrowding, with more than 12,000 people waiting on trolleys.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) Trolley Watch Figures, showed that 12,201 people waited on trolleys in emergency departments or on additional beds placed throughout hospitals.

This is an 18pc increase over the numbers last January and is a 128pc increase on the numbers recorded in 2007. 

The most overcrowded hospital in the Eastern region was St Vincent’s University Hospital with 559 people waiting on trolleys and 1,003 were recorded for the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick, the highest outside of Dublin.

Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght recorded an additional 192 children, waiting on trolleys, during January.

Speaking today, Phil Ni Sheaghdha, INMO General Secretary said the overcrowding was "beyond anything" seen to date.

 “This is an incredible level of overcrowding and the appalling conditions experienced in Emergency Departments are now beyond anything we have ever seen. It now amounts to a humanitarian crisis for patients and a risk rich environment for those trying to work in such chaotic conditions," she said.

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