Number on trolleys dips below 500 for first time this week

Number on trolleys dips below 500 for first time this week

Update 10.30am: There are 473 patients on trolleys in hospitals around the country today.

It is the first time this week the numbers have dropped below 500.

The picture is worst at University Hospital Limerick where there are 48 people who have been admitted waiting for a bed.

Earlier: Government advertises for position to lead implementation of Sláintecare

The Government has advertised for someone to head reform of the health service.

They are looking for someone to lead the implementation of the Sláintecare report.

The all-party report recommended a number of things including reducing prescription charges, greater investment in primary care and a bigger focus on mental health.

The Government hopes to have picked someone to lead the project by April.

Elsewhere, as hospitals continue to struggle with the effects of the winter flu surge, the Government has been urged to fund free vaccinations for children.

Yesterday, the HSE said the influenza outbreak may not peak until next week and could last a further six weeks.

Social Democrats Councillor Jennifer Whitmore said vaccinating children up to the age of 14 could help minimise the effects.

"It is recognised that children are really good at picking up and spreading a lot of bugs," she said.

"If you want to try to slow down the instances of illness in communities in total, if you can make sure children stay healthy that does help a lot," Councillor Whitmore added.

"There would be costs obviously to providing it for me - but there would be a societal cost in not providing it," she said.


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