THE number of patients awaiting treatment on trolleys at Naas General Hospital remains low.
On Wednesday and Tuesday of last week there were 6 and 7 patients respectively awaiting treatment on trolleys and these figures were among the lowest in the country.
The figures are produced by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), which has campaigned against bed closures around the country and against staffing embargoes.
A total of 32 beds remain closed at Naas Hospital.
Nationally there was an overall reduction the number of patients on trolleys of 17%. The greater Dublin area showed a reduction, in 2012 compared to 2011, of 23%.
However the INMO also pointed out that the 2012 figures still confirmed an overall increase compared with figures for 2007, 2008 and 2009.
The INMO’s figures have been backed up by Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly .
Through the introduction of the Special Delivery Unit, the need for hospitals to manage their ED situation on a 24/7 basis, with particular emphasis on reducing the number of patients on trolleys every day has been prioritised.