Over 12,624 patients had to wait for a hospital bed in November, including over 563 children.
The Organization of Irish Nurses and Midwives (INMO), which compiles the TrolleyWatch figures, said it was the “worst November on record for hospital overcrowding”.
Every morning at 8 a.m., INMO members count how many patients are waiting for a bed in the emergency room and how many are in other wards in the hospital.
The INMO Trolley Watch counts the number of patients who have been admitted to acute care hospitals but are waiting for a free bed. The union said these patients are “often treated on treatment trolleys in corridors, but they can also be on chairs, in waiting rooms or just about anywhere there is space”.
INMO Secretary-General Phil Ní Sheaghdha described November as another “chaotic month” in Irish hospitals, as there were just two days when fewer than 500 people were hospitalized without an inpatient bed.
“For the first time, our hospitals have admitted over 563 children without a bed. It can’t go on like this,” she said.
Ms Ní Sheaghdha said children’s hospitals are experiencing “serious staffing shortages” with staff cuts of up to 45 per cent at some sites and “long-standing vacancies in the positions of nursing staff”.
She said it is now “every day that up to 40 sick children have to wait for a bed a day”.
“Not only is this dangerous for staff and for patients there is simply no way to safely treat sick children who are admitted to hospital. It also puts further strain on families who have to endure long waits while accompanying a sick child, possibly overnight,” she added.
Ms Ní Sheaghdha said it was “absolutely important” that hospital managers and the HSE focus “urgently” on recruitment, retention, accommodation and capacity at these hospitals.
She said there are “acute problems” with hospital overcrowding in the Midwest and along the West Coast and the INMO and expects the HSE and the government to treat the issue as an “emergency” and meet with the INMO to address their concerns clear out.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/worst-november-on-record-for-hospital-overcrowding-as-12624-patients-wait-for-a-bed-says-inmo-42185271.html ‘Worst November ever’ for hospital overcrowding as 12,624 patients wait for a bed, says INMO