Ireland Trolley crisis: More than 80,000 patients left on trolleys already this year

17:25  09 november  2017
17:25  09 november  2017 Source:   Independent.ie

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There were more than 50, 000 people on hospital trolleys in the first seven months of the year , according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. The latest figures show a record 57,674 patients were admitted for care and left on trolleys so far this year .

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More than 80,000 patients were recorded as being on trolleys during the first ten months of this year.

New figures from the INMO show that their daily trolley watch recorded 82,459 people on trolleys, in Emergency Departments or wards in Irish hospitals, in the first 10 months of 2017.

These were people who were admitted for care for whom there was no bed available.

Meanwhile, in October there were 8,903 patients, admitted for care, for whom there was no in-patient bed.

The figure is a 96pc increase on the same period a decade ago and shows a 15pc increase on last year’s numbers.

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THE number of NHS patients stuck on a trolley waiting at least four hours for a hospital bed hit almost 80 , 000 in January, figures reveal. “Deeply concerning” performance data shows nearly 1,000 people were left for longer than 12 hours as the crisis in care deepens.

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The situation is deteriorating in hospitals outside of Dublin especially the INMO has said. 

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“These figures, yet again, confirm the obvious reality that our public health service is critically short of acute hospital beds, which is having a serious, detrimental and harmful effect upon patient care,” Liam Doran, general secretary of the INMO said.

The nursing organisation has called for the opening of all available beds, a recruitment push for nursing and increased attendance of senior clinical decision makers.

Two hospitals were singled out as having the most marked increase in patients on trolleys during October:

Wexford General Hospital, which had 55 patients recorded on trolleys in October 2016 but had 241 in the same month this year – a 338pc increase. 

Meanwhile, the October figure in Letterkenny increased by 279pc from 121 in October 2016 to 459 in October 2017.

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