Worst-ever August for hospital overcrowding
Press Release - 31.08.18
- INMO blames understaffing crisis on low pay for nurses and midwives
This month has been the worst August on record for hospital overcrowding, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisations (INMO) has revealed today (Friday).
The INMO’s monthly Trolley Watch analysis shows
that 7,911 admitted patients were forced to wait on chairs or trolleys in August 2018 – an increase of 2% on last year. 30 children were among those waiting without a bed. See figures here
The hospitals with the highest figures were:
• University Hospital Limerick: 969
• University Hospital Galway: 619
• Cork University Hospital: 604
INMO general secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha said:
“Even though it was a mild month, patients and staff faced record overcrowding. Nearly 8,000 sick and injured people were forced to wait without a bed."
“The message from the frontline is clear: this all comes down to pay. The HSE simply cannot find enough nurses and midwives to work on these wages. It’s no coincidence that Limerick has had such a bad month, as they have over 70 unfilled nursing vacancies."
“Unless nurses and midwives get pay equality with similarly-qualified health professionals, vacancies will remain open and things will only get worse.”
The INMO will meet the HSE and the Department of Health at the Workplace Relations Commission next week, to discuss understaffing and overcrowding. The INMO is asking the HSE to present plans for dealing with the winter crisis, including which hospital services they plan to curtail to meet extra demand.