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Beds Lie Closed Nationwide As ED Overcrowding Continues. 06.01.11

PRESS RELEASE,  Thursday, January 6th, 2011

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), following a nationwide survey, have identified 1,672 beds closed, despite the fact that emergency departments are severely overcrowded at this time.

The survey confirms that beds have been closed, primarily due to budget cutbacks and staffing shortages, in all regions, despite the pressure on the health system overall.

The INMO now renews it’s call for these closed beds to be reopened immediately to facilitate dealing with the current overcrowding crisis.

Speaking this lunchtime INMO General Secretary Liam Doran said:

“These closed beds, which are both acute and continuing care beds, must be reopened to ease the current crisis and to give patients back their dignity.

In addition, nursing and other support staff must be employed so that the care required for these patients can be provided in a safe and caring environment.

With this available resource there is no excuse for the current indignity being suffered by patients and the excessive workloads, in a most unsuitable environment, being carried by frontline staff.”

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Bed Closures Around the Country as of January 5th, 2011
 
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