Local hospital consultant claims beds removed during recession root cause of overcrowding

A senior hospital consultant claims that the overcrowding crisis will never be resolved without an increase in beds.

Fergal Hickey was speaking this week after Sligo University hospital recorded four successive days with over thirty people waiting on trolleys or chairs in the Accident and Emergency department.

The INMO hit out at the hospital management for not implementing an escalation policy at the north-west facility, while the Saolta group which runs the hospital claimed that it was working closely with community colleagues to enable more discharges where appropriate to community facilities

Fergal Hickey, consultant in emergency medicine told Let’s Talk, that one key reason for the overcrowding crisis this summer is a repeated lack of beds stemming from cuts during the recession over ten years ago