401 for the whole month of May in 2017
The Irish Nurses Organisation (INMO) analysed its Trolley/Ward Watch figures for Cork University Hospital so far this month and found that 611 patients were on trolleys awaiting an in-patient bed up until today. This compared to 401 for the full month of May last year. The hospital continues to experience severe overcrowding with 38 on trolleys today.
CUH remains one of the hospitals with persistent high numbers of patients on trolleys on a daily basis due to the lack of medical bed capacity within the hospital and across Cork city and county. There is a lack of step down beds and community hospital beds for patients who need further care prior to returning home. The INMO is very concerned by continuous attempts by the HSE in Cork/Kerry to cut staffing levels in certain Community hospitals based on a cost of care driven model. This will have a detrimental effect on the patients within these hospitals and ultimately lead to bed closures. This will only compound the problem within the acute hospitals and Emergency Departments in Cork/Kerry.
Speaking on the issue, INMO Industrial Relations Officer, Liam Conway said:
“These figures highlight that the problem is only getting worse. Our members working in the Emergency Department and on the wards are close to burnout trying to manage additional admitted patients on trolleys as there is a lack of bed capacity The INMO has demanded an emergency response with additional resources and staff for the admitted patients on trolleys across CUH from management and the SSWHG. There is an urgent requirement for a local and national response to the deepening crisis in CUH due to the demands now placed on the service.”