INMO reports fall in yearly numbers of patients on trolleys

INMO reports fall in yearly numbers of patients on trolleys

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has reported an annual fall in the numbers of patients admitted to hospitals on trolleys.

Their Trolley/Ward Watch for last month shows a 14% reduction compared to May 2015.

The figures confirm that 6,627 patients admitted for care, were on trolleys this year, compared to 7,713 in May 2015.

The INMO welcomes it but also noted that the time of year, and improved weather, and the current Emergency Department agreement have contributed to the fall.

The INMO said however that it will be short lived "if the recruitment pause, recently announced by the HSE, is not stood down immediately".

They repeated their call for a lifting of restrictions on recruiting frontline staff and the expansion of bed capacity and services before October 1.

INMO General Secretary Liam Doran said: "Any reduction in the number of sick patients on trolleys must be welcomed, particularly after the worst winter on record for ED overcrowding.

"Everyone must now re-affirm their commitment to implementing, on a 24/7 basis, the recent ED Agreement and continue to prioritise the crisis facing Emergency Departments in all decision making.

"The confusion that now exists, with regard to recruitment, must be removed so that we can attract back to Ireland the 4,000 Irish nurses and midwives needed to fill vacant posts and safely staff our services."


More in this Section

New IRA plans under car bomb attack on Sinn Fein members – O’NeillNew IRA plans under car bomb attack on Sinn Fein members – O’Neill

Bullying ‘always lingering in back of your mind’Bullying ‘always lingering in back of your mind’

Man who conned elderly woman out of €10,000 jailed for three yearsMan who conned elderly woman out of €10,000 jailed for three years

Fine Gael: We are preparing to go into OppositionFine Gael: We are preparing to go into Opposition


Lifestyle

FOR many of us, health insurance is high on the list of financial products which that we tend to avoid changing out of fear and confusion.Money and Cents: cover all the bases for best health insurance

Anya Taylor-Joy plays the titular Emma in the latest adaptation of Jane Austen’s romantic comedy about the spoilt, meddling matchmaker who means well, says Laura HardingAnya Taylor-Joy: ‘Emma is my little monster’

Setting sail to travel the world as part of your job has a romance all of its own but for marketing manager Máire Cronin and engineer Mark Crowe it led to love.Wedding of the Week: Cruise ship co-workers Máire and Mark sail off into sunset

One of the genres that has seen exponential growth in the podcast world is the sleepcast. Open Spotify on your phone in the evening and a number of offerings are available, writes Eoghan O'SullivanThe Podcast Corner: podcasts that will put you to sleep

More From The Irish Examiner