Hospital Overcrowding To Be Discussed At Health Committee

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Overcrowding in Irish hospitals is to be discussed at the Oireachtas health Committee today.

The INMO are demanding government action in relation to a number of aspects of the Heatlh Service.

These include improvements to nurse staffing levels and skill mix, that bed occupancy is reduced to 85%, Sláintecare to receive multi annual funding, increased support from state agencies such as HIQA and improved health and safety legislation to protect nurses and midwifes.

To date this year there have been over 21,000 patients on hospital trolleys with many experiencing long delays. The INMO says if the Government doesn’t intend to fully fund and implement the reforms, then it’s members will take action.