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Surge in hospital overcrowding leaves 640 patients on trolleys


University Hospital Limerick

University Hospital Limerick

University Hospital Limerick

The number of patients on trolleys who are waiting for a bed has jumped to 640, signalling another deterioration in hospital overcrowding.

Ten of the patients without beds are under 16, with 8 on trolleys in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO).

The worst-hit hospitals today include:

  • University Hospital Limerick - 72
  • Cork University Hospital - 64
  • St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin – 46
  • University Hospital Galway - 41
  • Mayo University Hospital - 38

In response to the ongoing overcrowding crisis, the INMO is calling on all political parties to commit to:

  • *Immediately revoking the HSE’s” recruitment freeze” on frontline staff
  • * Reversing plan to remove 220 elderly beds from public health service
  • *Fully funding and expanding the Safe Staffing Framework
  • *Fully implementing the Sláintecare reforms

INMO General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha, said: “This is a dangerous and unacceptable figure, with worryingly high numbers of patients without beds across the country.

“When Ireland votes later this week, health will rightly be a major electoral priority. All parties and political leaders must commit to lifting the recruitment freeze, funding safe staffing levels, and fully implementing the Sláintecare reform package.

“This is an intolerable situation for vulnerable patients and frontline workers alike. Nobody should have to endure this in a modern health service.”

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