LYING for hours on a trolley in a hospital corridor, while waiting for admission, is not just a matter of inconvenience. International studies show that patients forced to endure such privations have poorer outcomes to their health.
It was declared a “national emergency” when 495 were recorded on hospital trollies in 2006. But yesterday marked the 43rd time this year that tally has been topped, leading to calls for the Government to admit the crisis is out of control.
A seven-day service designed to keep acutely medically unwell patients out of the emergency department at Cork University Hospital (CUH) has been cut back to five days as the hospital recorded the second highest trolley figures in the country for the first seven months of the year.
A mum driven by fear and frustration at waiting almost six months for cancer test results stormed into her local emergency department and said she would not move until she was seen by a specialist.