Sligo Hospital consultant fears budget limits contributing to overcrowding

A consultant in emergency medicine in Sligo University hospital is calling for joined-up thinking between hospitals and community services.

Fergal Hickey says that if both services worked better together, there would be better outcomes for patients in terms of their treatment and money could be saved within the system.

This could be used to provide more funding for increasing bed capacity at hospitals around the country.

Mr Hickey is speaking as the number of people waiting for a hospital bed at Sligo University hospital this morning has come down to 30 today from a high of 41earlier this week.

Fergal Hickey, who is also the Communications Officer for the Association for Emergency Medicine, argues that the current weekly budget limits is having a serious knock-on effect.