Hospital trolley crisis is back

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484 admitted patients are waiting for beds this morning, according to today’s Irish Nurses and Mid Wife’s Organisation Trolley Watch.

390 patients are waiting in the emergency department, while 94 are in wards elsewhere in the hospital.

According to INMO Trolley Watch figures, 2,485 patients have been without a bed in Irish hospitals this week.

University Hospital Limerick continues to top the list for overcrowding figures with a total of 426 patients experiencing delayed admission this week.

This is almost double the figure for the next highest hospital, Galway, where 236 patients waited for admission.

The other hospitals in the top five list are Sligo, Letterkenny and St Vincent’s in Dublin.

Acting on a request from the INMO the Oireachtas Health Committee will discuss hospital overcrowding on Wednesday, 9th March.

The INMO will provide their latest analysis to Government and Opposition politicians at this time.