New record of 11,001 patients waiting for ambulances as latest Covid-19 wave throws hospitals into trouble

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March has set a new record for tram standstills as the Covid-19 wave threw hospitals into trouble.

Figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization (INMO) today showed 11,001 patients were without a hospital bed this month.

The hospitals hardest hit were: University Hospital Limerick with 1,671 patients on trolleys; University Hospital Galway (947 patients); Letterkenny University Hospital (781 patients); Cork University Hospital (735 patients); University Hospital of St. Vincent (699 patients).

INMO Secretary General Phil Ní Sheaghdha said: “When nurses and midwives use terms like ‘out of control’ and ‘chaotic’ to describe hospital overcrowding, we do not do so lightly.

“It was the worst month for overcrowding since we started counting trolleys in 2006.”

She added: “It has been an extremely busy month for those working in our hospitals, with over 37 per cent of those who have been on trolleys since early 2022 presenting at our hospitals in March.

“Hospitals are currently not safe for either patients or staff due to overcrowding and Covid infection rates. We need clear and coherent public health advice from government and senior public health officials.

“The public needs to be made aware of why we need them to step back on the plate to protect those working on our frontlines.”

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