Tallaght A&E faces closure if patients kept on trolleys
Tallaght Hospital has been warned that if it continues to place patients on trolleys in and around its accident and emergency department, it will be closed down.
According to a report on RTE's News at One, an unannounced visit by four inspectors from the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) on Wednesday of this week resulted in the hospital being told that it must stop the practice from 1 September as it poses an unacceptable and serious risk to patients.
The inspectors found 20 A&E patients on trolleys, five of whom had been there for at least 24 hours. One was a patient with TB who had been on a trolley for three days.
Hiqa has also said that it wants to hear by next Monday what the hospital's plans are to mitigate the risk to patients.