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Hospital Overcrowding 10,229
Press Release 01.05.19

 

10,229: worst-ever April for hospital overcrowding

10,229 admitted patients were forced to wait without hospital beds in April 2019 according to a new monthly analysis by the INMO. See anaylsis figures here.

This is the highest ever number of patients on trolleys in April, an 8% increase on April last year and a 125% increase on April 2006, when figures began. 
 
Among the 10,229 patients were 106 children.

The worst-affected hospitals last month were:

  • University Hospital Limerick: 1,206 patients
  • Cork University Hospital: 826 patients
  • University Hospital Galway: 683 patients
  • South Tipperary General Hospital: 623 patients 
  • Tallaght University Hospital: 566 patients

INMO general secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha said: 
 
“This is the second month in 2019 where over 10,000 patients have been forced to wait without a bed. The crisis is without question worsening. Overcrowding hits two main groups directly: those who depend on public health services and those who work in them, providing the safest care they can in these conditions.

“We started the trolley count over a decade ago because of unacceptable overcrowding. The problem has more than doubled since then.”

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https://www.inmo.ie/Trolley_Ward_Watch

 
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