INMO To Meet With HSE Today Regarding Overcrowding Crisis

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Hospitals in Mullingar and Tullamore reached figures of 38 and 42 respectively, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, also had a high figure of 26, while St. Luke's Hospital Kilkenny and University Hospital Limerick were at 54, at 53, remaining the highest hospitals with patients on trolleys. "As part of our Winter Plan, theatre closures took place during Christmas week and into early January to facilitate the high number of patients who present to the emergency department during this time".

And the Irish Association of Emergency Medicine said in a statement on the national figures: "The sense of déjà vu is overwhelming but disappointing, nonetheless".

A record 2,408 patients have been left waiting on trolleys during the first week of 2018 - a 10% increase when compared to the same period in 2017, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has said.

He also defended Minister for Health Simon Harris, saying it is a very hard job and he is very satisfied with his performance.

"Immediate and dramatic action is now required if further misery and yet again, record-breaking overcrowding levels, are to be avoided as the New Year dawns", said the INMO General Secretary.

The hospital said that the situation would be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

It yesterday claimed that there were 35 people waiting for a bed in LUH.

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Figures on trolleys fell from a high of 677 on Wednesday, to 483 this morning, but according to HSE figures which do not include patients on wards, the numbers are still 14% higher than the same day previous year.

"It is clear that a national emergency is now in place and certain locations simply can not cope". Hospitalised cases of influenza and influenza-associated outbreaks in residential care facilities have also increased.

Mr McCallion said there had been a drop in trolley numbers in October, November and December of up to 8%, but there had been a significant increase in recent days of patients who are sick with flu and respiratory illnesses.

Some 98,981 admitted patients were recorded as awaiting a hospital bed.

Ms Fogarty, said that it is acknowledged that the hospital needs more acute beds but that "even if those beds were available tomorrow, there is a need for a more robust management system for admission and discharge of patients".

Harris said: "While recognising that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, we must continue to ensure the lessons that can be learned from those hospitals performing better are applied across the system".

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