Ireland Trolley crisis hits new record high for second day in Irish hospitals

16:57  03 january  2018
16:57  03 january  2018 Source:

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Yesterday saw a record - high 612 patients waiting on trolleys and the minor reduction today doesn’t mask the nationwide problem. Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said the chaos in Irish hospitals this week is a direct result of Comments. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window).

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St Luke's General Hospital, Kilkenny. Pic: Google Maps.: Capture © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Capture The Irish trolley crisis has hit a record high for a second successive day in hospitals across the country.

Some 677 patients are awaiting bed in Irish hospitals this morning, according to the according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisition (INMO).

National overcrowding has increased again after the previous highest level of 656 patients was recorded yesterday.

St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny was the most overcrowded hospital for the second day in a row with 54 patients waiting for beds this morning.

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Shocking new figures reveal 8,154 were on trolleys in heaving Emergency Departments in May — a new record for that month, according to the Irish Patients in A&E departments are being forced to sleep on chairs. The hospitals with the highest numbers of patients on trolleys last month were

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University Hospital Limerick has 53 patients waiting, while Cork University Hospital also has heavy overcrowding.

Dublin hospitals, St. James’s, and Tallaght Hospitals, have had a big increase overnight with a total of 28 and 23.

The INMO has called for an emergency meeting of the Emergency Department Taskforce and is awaiting confirmation from the HSE that same will take place today or tomorrow.

Speaking today INMO General Secretary, Phil Ni Sheaghdha, said: ‘As predicted the January figures are unacceptably high.

‘We are very concerned at the level of planning to avoid the situation that has been engaged in some locations and we have sought to meet with the HSE as a matter of urgency.

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More than 6,700 people were counted on trolleys in Irish hospitals last month by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), the highest ever figure figure for July. The INMO’s Trolley and Ward Watch shows an average of 292 people were on trolleys on each day

General Secretary of the INMO Phil Ni Sheaghda. Pic: Collins: Phil-Ni-Sheaghda © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Phil-Ni-Sheaghda

‘We are awaiting their confirmation that this meeting will take place today, with a view to examining alternative arrangements for hospitals that are simply too overcrowded to continue to accept admissions.

‘It is clear that a national emergency is now in place and certain locations simply cannot cope.

‘These record numbers are unacceptable. It is intolerable for both patients and staff endeavouring to provide the best care possible to them.’

‘I’m not sorry I rang hospital looking for bed at height of trolley crisis’ Danny Healy-Rae .
Danny Healy-Rae has been criticised by a former Kerry mayor for calling a hospital at the height of the trolley crisis to help a constituent get a bed. The TD says he makes no apology for doing it ‘all the time’ as he is entitled to.‘I wasn’t elected for my good looks,’ he told ‘I was elected to work for the people and that’s what I was doing.’ © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland shutterstock_387071230 More than 500 patients were left on trolley in Irish hospitals this week. Trolley crisis.


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