Record Trolley Figures for March 06.04.16
- 9,381 Admitted patients on trolleys
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), in its latest Trolley/Ward Watch analysis, has recorded 9,381 patients on trolleys in March this year awaiting admission for in-patient treatment This represents a 5% increase when compared to March 2015.
The figures also show that March 2016
saw a staggering 100% increase in trolley overcrowding compared to March 2008 when 4,701 patients were on trolleys.
This startling figure confirms, yet again, that despite all of the initiatives to date, the service continues to face intolerable levels of overcrowding. This is due to a continuing lack of beds and staff right across the system.
The figures also confirm that all of the actions required, and agreed, under the ED taskforce have not been implemented, with patient care continuing to be compromised and nursing staff grossly overworked.
Hospitals that suffered the greatest deterioration are as follows:
- Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore up from 204 to 568 (+ 364)
- South Tipperary General Hospital up from 233 to 552 (+ 319)
- University Hospital Limerick up from 558 to 710 (+ 152)
- Cork University Hospital up from 412 to 550 (+ 138)
- Bantry General Hospital up from 39 to 146 (+ 107)
Speaking this morning INMO General Secretary, Liam Doran said:
“Once again our Trolley/Ward Watch figures confirm the overcrowding crisis, facing the health service, continues to grow against the backdrop of the steep increase in demand, a shortage of beds and a severe shortage of nurses.
In view of these figures the INMO, and myself as joint Chair of the ED Implementation Group, will seek an immediate meeting, of the Group to assess the situation and determine what additional measures can be taken to alleviate the suffering of patients.
Notwithstanding this period of political inertia, nothing must get in the way of whatever special measures are necessary to lessen the current environment facing patients and frontline staff.”
Mr Doran concluded:
“The Workplace Relations Commission is due to undertake its second review, of the ED agreement between the INMO/HSE/Department of Health, on Friday, April 15. We will also use that opportunity to call upon health employers to bring forward emergency investment, including beds and staff, in response to the latest record figures.”