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INO Confirm A&E Overcrowding Reaches Serious Levels. 21/02/06
An emergency meeting of the A&E Forum has been sought

            

PRESS RELEASE,  Wednesday, 21 February, 2007

Against the background of a significant increase in the number of patients on trolleys, in a number of A&E departments both in Dublin and elsewhere, the INO has sought an immediate meeting of the A&E Forum to establish what has caused this recent increase and what must be done to address the situation now facing a large number of hospitals.

In recent days the INO’s trolley watch has identified a steady increase in the figures culminating in a nationwide figure today of 412 (see trolley watch attached) which confirms again that serious difficulties continue in a range of hospitals including:

Beaumont
43
Tallaght
28
Connolly
24
Mater
24
St. Vincent’s
20
Cavan General
42
Mayo General
31
UCHG
25
Letterkenny
24
OLH Drogheda
21

 

These figures show a reversal of the improvements that have been made in recent months with the INO figures in December and January confirming the following:

DUBLIN 

December 2005 compared to December 2006 - Reduction of 57%
January 2006 compared to January 2007   - Reduction of 38% 

COUNTRY

December 2005 compared to December 2006 - Reduction of 19%
2006 compared to January 2007  - Reduction of 17%
Overall reduction in December 2006          =   41%
Overall reduction in January 2007  =   27%

Speaking this morning Liam Doran, INO General Secretary said:

“Steady and measurable progress had been made in recent months and the latest developments are very worrying.  The INO has sought an emergency meeting of the A&E forum, with the HSE, to establish why the improvements that have been made appear to have halted resulting in unacceptable levels of overcrowding in a significant number of hospitals.

The situation, in recent days, is most unacceptable and the HSE must now explain what has happened and detail what emergency measures they are bringing forward to alleviate the situation on behalf of patients and staff.”

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 Trolley Watch Files 21st February 2007

 

 

 
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