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Beaumont Hospital in Crisis. 30.08.11

PRESS RELEASE, Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

• Emergency Department overcrowded – 38 admitted patients on trolleys and chairs awaiting a bed
• Wards overcrowded – extra beds behind doors and in the middle of the floor, with no facilities, on in-patient wards
• 60 beds closed in the Hospital

800 members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation in Beaumont Hospital are extremely concerned at the level of overcrowding which exists within the hospital. Health Service cutbacks have caused 60 beds to remain closed while patients languish in the Emergency Department awaiting a bed and, at the same time, management are taking the dangerous step of overcrowding in-patient wards in what has been shown to be a failed system for dealing with overcrowding. 

Speaking today, Edward Mathews, INMO Industrial Relations Officer said:

“We are calling upon the Health Service Executive to see the reality of health service cutbacks and the effect that these are having on ordinary people who are attending one of the largest hospitals in the country. Urgent action is necessary to ensure that patients who are fit to be discharged from the hospital have a long term bed where this is required, and further action is needed to ensure that all available acute beds are opened immediately to ease this extreme pressure which is extraordinarily unusual at this time of year.”

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