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760 People Again Waiting On Trolleys At Overcrowded Hospitals

Niall Colbert
Niall Colbert

11:32 AM - 7 Jan 2020



For the second day in a row, 760 people are waiting on trolleys at hospitals across the country.

This is more than the total bed capacity of any hospital in the state, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

The worst-affected hospitals are:

  • University Hospital Limerick – 75
  • University Hospital Galway – 51
  • Cork University Hospital – 47
  • Letterkenny University Hospital - 47
  • South Tipperary General Hospital – 44

The government opened 50 new hospital beds yesterday, with 199 to be delivered by the end of the month.

INMO General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha, said:

"760 patients on trolleys means the health service is simply not functioning.

The longer this level of overcrowding continues, the greater the threats to patient safety."



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