31 May 2023
By Bryan McCarthy
11,856 people, including 300 children were on trolleys in the month of May according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has called on the HSE to take immediate corrective measures to deal with the ongoing trolley crisis.
The top 5 most overcrowded hospitals include:
University Hospital Limerick – 1857 patients
Cork University Hospital – 1310 patients
University Hospital Galway – 896 patients
Sligo University Hospital – 751 patients
Tallaght University Hospital – 704 patients
INMO General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha said:
“The number of patients we have seen on trolleys in the month of May are higher than January 2023, when we saw the worst levels of daily hospital overcrowding since the INMO began counting trolleys. This type of overcrowding at the beginning of summer must be immediately addressed to prevent an even more chaotic winter.
“Nurses are working in a system that has normalised over 500 people a day on trolleys. They have had little to no reprieve from overcrowding. Our members are reporting high levels of burnout and their intention to leave their current work area is higher than it has ever been.
“At yesterday’s meeting of the Emergency Department Taskforce, which the INMO co-chairs with the HSE, we were provided with stark warnings from public health experts that we are facing into another difficult winter when it comes to RSV and influenza. Corrective action must be taken now to ease the pressure in our hospitals.
“We need to see a laser-like focus from Government and the HSE to tackling the overcrowding crisis in our hospitals once and for all. The corrective measures we seek are proper planning of the cancellation of non-urgent elective surgery in line with public health projections; pre-arranged agreements with private acute hospitals to provide non-urgent elective surgery; and bespoke retention and recruitment initiatives to be implemented now to ensure staffing for additional capacity that is definitely going to be needed.”