Overcrowding in hospitals 'reaches record levels'

Overcrowding in hospitals 'reaches record levels'

The INMO today claims that there are 24 people waiting for a bed at Letterkenny University Hospital, including 14 waiting on trolleys and another 10 waiting in wards.

The hospital with most people waiting on a ward is also University Hospital Limerick, at 25.

Deputy Kelly said.'I am extremely concerned, and quite frankly alarmed, by comments made by the general secretary of the INMO on the News at One this afternoon, who described conditions in our public hospitals right now as "chaotic" and "unsafe" as a result of overcrowding levels'.

Nurses said there were 15 children waiting on trolleys for admission to a bed, seven at Temple Street Hospital and eight at Our Lady's Hospital in Crumlin.

"The INMO is calling for emergency status to be immediately declared and emergency response plans put into operation", Ms Ni Sheaghdha added.

"Last week was the worst week ever experienced for emergency department overcrowding". Today we are seeing the worst day ever.

"It is critical that the capacity review, published earlier this year, is acted on as a matter of urgency", Mr Kelleher said.

714 people are awaiting admission to hospitals nationwide, 24 of them at Letterkenny University Hospital.

Labour spokesperson on Health, Alan Kelly TD, has called on Simon Harris the Minister for Health to outline what action is being taken to address the overcrowding crisis in Irish hospitals.

NHI said it undertook a survey last week of private and voluntary nursing homes that showed there were 537 beds available within 114 nursing homes.

69% of survey respondents had bed availability, with 166 responding.

In a statement last night, the hospital asked those with minor injuries or illnesses to go to a GP first.

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