Today’s trolley/ward watch figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) show that 500 patients are waiting for an in-patient bed in hospital. 342 are waiting in Emergency Departments around the country while 158 are inappropriately placed on already full wards. There are also three children waiting for a bed in Temple Street Hospital, Dublin.
This figure is an increase on Friday, March 16 when there were 470 on trolleys plus 13 children.
University Hospital Limerick has the highest number with 66 patients waiting for a bed followed by St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny with 42 and University Hospital Galway with 41.
Speaking this morning, INMO General Secretary, Phil Ni Sheaghdha said:
“As predicted the trolley figures are on the rise again following the Bank Holiday weekend. Hospitals are still in crisis and we are now calling on the HSE to continue curtailment of services to ensure figures do not escalate again this week and to allow hospitals deal with the current high numbers. The INMO has sought confirmation that all hospitals are adhering to the escalation policy and will be advising again re the health and safety obligations of the employer in situations where workplaces are overcrowded and pose risks to staff .”