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Over 20,000 people on trolleys at local hospitals so far this year

Nov 8, 2022 14:07 By Shannonside News
Over 20,000 people on trolleys at local hospitals so far this year
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100,195 patients so far this year have been placed on seats or trolleys nationwide.

Over 20,000 people have gone without hospital beds so far this year.

That's according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation who say it’s the earliest this figure of admitted patients has  been recorded.

Galway University Hospital is the third worst-hit in the country, that's followed by Sligo University.

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The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation are warning of “unprecedent” levels of overcrowding, which as been a growing problem sing early summer.

100 thousand 195 patients so far this year have been placed on seats or trolleys and have gone without a bed.

University Hospital Limerick is the worst offender, with over 15,300 patients left waiting. It’s followed by Cork University Hospital, Sligo University Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin.

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The local Northwest facility recorded 6,919 on trolleys to date in 2022.

2,574 were on trolleys at Mullingar Regional Hospital with a further 1,372 patients at Tullamore.

2,022 people were on trolleys or chairs at Portiuncula Hospital so far this year with University Hospital Galway recording 8,879.

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Today, the INMO are calling for a number of measures to tackles the overcrowding and recruitment crisis, including cancelling non-urgent elective care or redirected this work to private hospitals.

It also wants to see accommodation made available to workers, particularly those in rent pressure zones.

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