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May 2018 - 9091 patients for whom beds not available
Press Release 05.06.18


- 9,091 admitted patients on trolleys or overcrowded wards for the month of May
- 92 children waiting on trolleys in the 3 Dublin Children’s Hospitals
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) trolley/ward watch figures for the month of May, compared with previous years, records the highest figure ever for this summer month, with 9,091 patients awaiting an in-patient bed (see report). University Hospital Limerick - 858 and Cork University Hospital - 826 were the two highest recorded in May. There were also 92 children on trolleys, waiting for a bed in the 3 Dublin Children’s Hospitals. 
These figures show an overall increase of 12% on the same period last year, May 2017 when there were 8,154 admitted patients awaiting a bed and 116% increase from May 2006 when there were 4,214 patients on trolleys. These figures confirm that overcrowding is an increasing problem year on year and a feature of patient care throughout the whole 12 months. Irish hospitals are constantly overcrowded, working above the recognised safe occupancy level and demand for emergency admissions, even in the peak summer period, continues to grow. 
Speaking this morning, INMO General Secretary, Phil Ni Sheaghdha said:
“INMO are seeking a total re-look at the national planning process and particularly The Winter Initiative, as solutions to this constant and worsening crisis cannot wait for funding injection in late November or January when the escalating problems are out of control. We live in a society which expects a long wait, and a lack of privacy and dignity when attending EDs. It is not acceptable! It is a basic human right that a person deemed as requiring hospital admission is admitted to a suitable bed which is appropriately staffed.”
Ms Ni Sheaghdha concluded:
“Complacency must be replaced with proactive planning, aimed at correcting, not simply reducing, the numbers to make it look somewhat better.  In line with the HIQA recommendations of 2012, the aim must be: patients never have to experience care on corridors and inappropriate spaces in EDs. These HIQA recommendations, are like a fairy-tale, considering the worsening problems with overcrowding since its report.” 
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