There are 660 people waiting for ambulances on hospital beds across the country today, according to The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization (INMO), the most since the pandemic began.
as INMO said it was time Health Secretary Stephen Donnelly “declared a national emergency” over hospital overcrowding.
The hospitals with the heaviest overcrowding were University Hospital Limerick (84), University Hospital Letterkenny (61) and St Vincent’s, Dublin (58).
The INMO is now appealing to limit some voluntary, non-emergency care measures in order to reduce the number of hospital stays.
INMO has also said mask-wearing should return in some crowded indoor spaces to help with the growing number of Covid-19 cases in hospitals.
“We have seen a 15 percent increase in patients in wheelchairs with 660 patients for whom there are no beds in the last 24 hours,” said INMO Secretary General Phil Ní Sheaghdha.
“The Secretary of Health must step in and declare this trolley mess what it is – a national emergency.
“Our nurses and midwives are burned out and exhausted. We cannot expect them to be able to provide safe care in crowded environments while dealing with a highly communicable airborne virus.”
Ms Ní Sheaghdha said there have been 7,753 bedless patients in our hospitals since the mask requirement was lifted last month.
“ESRI research released today shows that two-thirds of people still wear masks on public transport and while shopping. If we could increase that number by reintroducing mask-wearing, it would help reduce transmission numbers.”
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar predicted earlier today that some optional supplies would be restricted in some hospital groups to cope with the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 and the pressure this is putting on hospital staff.
However, the Tánaiste predicted that the rise in cases and hospitalizations in Ireland would likely “even out” within weeks.
https://www.independent.ie/news/total-of-660-people-on-hospital-trolleys-in-worst-overcrowding-since-pandemic-began-41474305.html A total of 660 people on hospital carriages in the worst overcrowding since the pandemic began