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6% Reduction Compared To August Last Year
Press Release 06.09.16

Latest Trolley Figures Confirm 6,136 Patients On Trolleys In August - 6% Reduction Compared To August Last Year


-      Significant reduction in Dublin but overcrowding increases dramatically elsewhere

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation’s (INMO) latest survey, of Trolley/Ward Watch figures, for the month of August (see here), confirms a mixed outcome and shows:

A 6% overall reduction in August this year compared to August 2015;

• A 41% reduction in Dublin hospitals; and,

• A 14% increase in hospitals outside of Dublin.

During the month of August the Emergency Departments/Hospitals experiencing the greatest level of overcrowding were:

  • University Hospital Limerick – 610
  • Cork University Hospital  - 473
  • South Tipperary General Hospital – 470
  • University Hospital Galway – 400
  • OLOLH, Drogheda - 391

These figures are released at a time when the number of delayed discharges (patients who have completed their acute care) has increased to 640 at the end of last week.

These figures are also published ahead of the latest meeting of the Emergency Department Taskforce which takes place this afternoon.  The meeting will be attended by the Minister for Health, Mr Simon Harris TD.

The latest monthly figures are also released at a time when a number of hospitals continue to report an inability, despite repeated efforts, to recruit and retain nursing staff.  The shortage of nursing staff, which continues at crisis levels, will inevitably result in the closure of hospital beds, as we enter the Autumn/Winter period, which will, in turn, only exacerbate ED overcrowding and the number of patients on trolleys.

Speaking this morning INMO General Secretary, Liam Doran said:

“These figures confirm, yet again, that further actions, in addition to all steps taken to date, are required in order to alleviate trolley overcrowding as we now enter the Autumn/Winter period. 

The reduction in Dublin hospitals is welcome and must be maintained into the future.  However, the significant deterioration, in a number of hospitals outside of Dublin is totally unacceptable and should be viewed as critical by the Department of Health/HSE.

At the Taskforce meeting, today, we will be seeking special measures, for a number of hospitals, which will assist in dealing with the unsafe clinical environment which exists at this time”.

Mr. Doran concluded:

“The Department of Health/HSE, at the WRC last Friday, reaffirmed their commitment to implement all aspects of the National ED agreement, including the filling of all vacant posts, as a matter of absolute priority.  This commitment, at national level, must now be matched with actual recruitment, on the ground, in every Emergency Department across the country. A failure to deliver on this agreement will, inevitably, exacerbate the overcrowding problem and have our members consider what actions are open to them to protect safe practice and safe patient care.”


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