Hospital overcrowding levels start to rise again

The hospital overcrowding crisis has worsened this week with more than 500 patients lying on trolleys waiting for a proper bed.

Hospital overcrowding levels start to rise again

The Irish Nurses’ and Midwives’ Organisation (INMO) said its daily head count found 375 people in emergency units and another 131 crammed into wards already at capacity.

Once again the university hospitals in Cork and Limerick were the worst in the country with a total of 44 patients admitted but awaiting access to a bed in a ward.

Other hospitals with more than 30 people on trolleys or in beds in corridors included St Vincent’s in Dublin and South Tipperary General.

While the scale of overcrowding is below that experienced last week when more than 600 people were recorded by the INMO, the numbers confirm fears of the union that the crisis would worsen again this week.

Under the HSE’s winter plan targets, the number of patients on trolleys on a single day should not be more than 236.

University Hospital Limerick said it had cancelled elective surgeries this week in order to ease pressures on space and resources.

Limerick’s chronic overcrowding and University Hospital Waterford’s lack of cardiac care services will be the focus of major protests this weekend.

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