INMO To Meet With HSE Today Regarding Overcrowding Crisis

  • INMO To Meet With HSE Today Regarding Overcrowding Crisis

INMO To Meet With HSE Today Regarding Overcrowding Crisis

While the number of people waiting for a hospital bed on trolleys in emergency departments or on wards fell to 483 on Friday, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) said the overall number recorded in the opening days of January was up 10 per cent on the same period previous year.

The INMO said its headcount showed the worst hospitals are St Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny, with 57 patients waiting; University Hospital Limerick with 55; South Tipperary General Hospital with 45; and Cork University Hospital with 38.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said "no effort or resource is being spared to improve the situation" in the health service where a record 656 patients were on trolleys or on wards waiting admission to a bed. This isn't a flu crisis or a temporary blip... this chaos is the reality of our health services today.

The Health minister also spoke with the CEOs of the country's hospital groups, stating that what we're seeing in hospitals this week is unacceptable.

The Clinical Director of Temple Street Children's University Hospital has said the flu virus has not reached its peak, and she appealed to parents with children who may have the flu to be cognisant.

Her comments were echoed by Labour's Alan Kelly, and Sinn Féin's Louise O'Reilly.

Some 56 of those were stuck on a trolley or chair for more than 24 hours.

"UL Hospitals Group has a very small number of vacancies across both the emergency department and theatres and are appointing nurses off panels to fill five vacancies in the emergency department and two in theatres".

He expressed his regret and frustration at the situation and that there has not been an improvement despite increased investment.

Its CEO, Sean Moynihan, said: "With 20,000 people turning 65 years of age each year, our current health system is not equipped to deal with this". The country had people hanging off trolleys in the good times, so what chance do we have now. As people get older their health requires close monitoring and management. "Vulnerable people can not go through another winter like this one".

TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar and Health Minister Simon Harris both apologised today after nearly 600 hospital patients became the latest victims of the overcrowding crisis. "However, they can not be discharged as there are no options of care available to them or their homes are not suitable adapted for their needs".

"There are many older people who are well enough to be at home provided they have adequate support", Moynihan said.