If Ireland’s ailing health service were a patient, it would be on life support. In a way, it already is, as we face an existential threat to a service that is lurching from crisis to crisis. Signs are that trolley numbers in hospitals have hit record highs this week.
The head of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has said that declaring a major incident at Ireland’s worst-hit hospitals is essential in order to “de-escalate” a situation which saw record trolley numbers recorded for two days running.
The mother of a teenager with stage four cancer, whose treatment has been postponed on a number of occasions, has revealed she has lodged 30 complaints against Crumlin Children's Hospital.
More than two dozen beds across two new multi-million euro community hospitals in Kerry are lying empty, and have never been filled, while elderly are being sent home or to facilities mile from their home towns, a council meeting has been told.