Hospitals braced for another busy day as overcrowding reaches new high

University Hospital Limerick

The General Secretary of the INMO Phil Ni Sheaghda has said the situation with 714 people waiting for beds in the country's hospitals could have been avoided.

Unlike like the INMO's figures, the HSE's TrolleyGar figures do not give the number of patients who have been placed on wards, but are waiting for admission for a bad, having already been admitted from an emergency department.

"Even if there was no overcrowding in our hospitals we would say we still need more bed capacity and that's down to the fact that we have a growing population, an ageing population".

Elsewhere, 31 people are on trolleys or in already full wards in Mullingar and Portlaoise's total is 16.

Fifteen patients at Temple Street and Crumlin children's hospitals were also waiting admission to a bed.

To help hospitals cope the Health Service Executive was forced to cancel all non-urgent operations on Monday.

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Ms Ní Sheaghdha said the conditions under which patients were being cared for were just "unsafe". "Doctors are at the end of their tether with this ongoing crisis and it looks like there is simply no end in sight".

Fianna Fáil health spokesperson Billy Kelleher has described the latest INMO figures as "absolutely deplorable". "It's truly shocking.", he said.

"Not only are the figures themselves completely unacceptable, but the length of time that patients are being kept on trolleys is extremely worrying".

The Irish health system is crumbling under the weight of 714 people languishing on trolleys, a figure that marks an all-time record of abject failure by the HSE.

The hospital said: "ED patients are seen in order of priority which may result in patients with minor illnesses or injuries experiencing delays".

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