Record Number On Trolleys

Henrietta Strickland
March 13, 2018

714 people were waiting for a hospital bed on trolleys and in wards yesterday morning - a new all-time high.

The pressure's led to the HSE cancelling all non-urgent surgeries.

There were over 600 patients left waiting on trolleys in hospitals nationwide every day last week, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has said.

The INMO has renewed its call for a two-week period in March to be declared, and treated as, an emergency period in the public health service.

The Taoiseach said the trolley situation had deteriorated in the past three months.

"It's not entirely clear why that is, given that additional beds have been provided to hospitals", Leo Varadkar said in Oklahoma.

"Nearly an extra 200 beds and additional resources too", he added.

The HSE was just looking for excuses, she continued; it had first attributed the overcrowding surge to the flu season and later then to the recent severe weather.

Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) has today written to Minister for Health Simon Harris and the HSE to inform of bed availability within nursing homes to alleviate overcrowding in hospitals.

He said the money will go towards more home care packages, home help hours and transitional care beds.

Last night, Tallaght University Hospital said it was struggling with a very high number of emergency cases.

This is followed by University Hospital Galway (45), Cork University Hospital (43), Tallaght Hospital (40), Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore (37) and Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar (31).

These patients, who are regularly categorised as being "on trolleys", have not been allocated a ward bed, and typically have to wait along corridors but are also moved between general locations where space allows.

"Not only are the figures themselves completely unacceptable, but the length of time that patients are being kept on trolleys is extremely worrying".

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