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Huge Increase In A&E Overcrowding In Naas General Hospital. 14/08/09

INO Trolley Watch analysis shows an increase of 405% for July 2009 compared to July 2008 and an increase of 106% in August to date.

An analysis of the Irish Nurses Organisation’s trolley watch figures for Naas General Hospital has shown that there was an increase of 405% in the number of patients on trolleys, waiting for beds in Naas General Hospital in July 2009 compared with the same period last year. The figures for August so far are up some 106% (see attached). Behind these statistics are real people who are forced to wait for beds for long periods of time. An ‘overflow’ ward in Naas Hospital was closed this summer due to the impact of the moratorium on recruitment in the public services.   

Speaking today the INO Industrial Relations Officer, Derek Reilly stated that:

 “This overflow ward had 24 beds which are now effectively closed for the foreseeable future. Naas General Hospital is not getting approval for the replacement of staff nurses as they leave through retirement and is also not able to replace staff nurses on maternity leave. The situation in Naas shows that it is only frontline services and the general public who are suffering the consequences of poor management at senior levels within the HSE.”

He continued: “Plans by the HSE at national level not to renew contracts for temporary nurses when they fall due will, if implemented, lead to even further bed closures in Naas. It is worrying that numbers on trolleys are so high in the summer period and unfortunately the now shameful traditional high winter overcrowding can only get worse this year unless the HSE at national level allow for the replacement and recruitment of nurses in Naas Genera l Hospital.”





 Naas General Hospital Trolley Watch Comparisons - July and August - 2008 to 2009

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