The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has today confirmed the highest numbers of patients on trolleys today since the beginning of the pandemic.
660 patients are without a bed in Irish hospitals today.
INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said:
“We have seen a 15% increase of patients on trolleys in the last 24 hours with 660 patients for whom there are no beds.
“The Minister for Health needs to intervene and declare this trolley chaos for what it is - a national emergency.
“A range of measures must be taken now in the short to medium term including the curtailment of all non-emergency, elective care and the reintroduction of mask wearing in crowded and indoor settings.
“As of this morning, 7,753 patients have been without a bed in our hospitals since the mask requirement was dropped on February 28th. ESRI research published today shows that two-thirds of people are still wearing masks on public transport and when shopping. If we could increase this number through a re-introduction of mask wearing, it would help ease transmission numbers.
“Our nurses and midwives are burned out and exhausted. We can’t expect them to be able to provide safe care in environments that are overcrowded while dealing with a highly transmissible airborne virus.”