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The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) carried out its analyses of its Trolley/Ward Watch figures ahead of its three day Annual Delegate Conference last week. A total 36,043 patients waited on trolleys for an in-patient bed in the first four months of this year, the highest figure recorded for this four-month period since records began and a 1 per cent increase on 2016. The research showed that 7,199 patients spent time on trolleys awaiting an in-patient bed in April 2017.  This figure represents a 12 per cent decrease for the month of April compared with the previous April.

Figures from the first four months show a significant drop in overcrowding in Dublin hospitals, while hospitals outside of Dublin continue to endure increases in the level of overcrowding.  The monthly April figure shows a drop in both Dublin and country hospitals. The most overcrowded hospitals for the month of April, in terms of highest figures, were: Cork University Hospital (658), University Hospital, Limerick (649), Sth Tipperary General Hospital (493), Mater Hospital, Dublin (437), University Hospital, Galway (410).

Speaking on this issue INMO General Secretary, Liam Doran said: “These latest statistics confirm that our health services continue to be too small to adequately, and safely, meet the demands being placed upon it. The shortage of beds in acute hospitals and step down facilities remains a real problem in this on-going crisis”.