January trolley figures: 10,350 patients waiting for beds in Irish hospitals
Over 10,000 admitted patients were forced to wait without hospital beds in January 2019
, according to a new monthly analysis by the INMO. See figures here.
This represents a 55% increase on the number of patients waiting for beds in January 10 years ago and a 30% increase on January five years ago.
Among the 10,350 patients were 190 children. The figures are an underestimate, not including January 30th, as INMO members were on strike.
The worst-affected hospitals last month were:
• University Hospital Limerick: 970 patients
• Cork University Hospital: 947 patients
• South Tipperary General Hospital: 629 patients
• Letterkenny University Hospital: 587 patients
• University Hospital Waterford: 547
INMO general secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha said:
“Over 10,000 hospital patients didn’t even have a bed last month in Ireland's health service. “At the heart of this problem is understaffing. We simply cannot recruit and retain enough nurses and midwives on these wages. “Ireland’s nurses and midwives are no longer prepared to tolerate these conditions, for themselves or for their patients.”
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