Overcrowding rose at Naas hospital last month

Delays

Paul O'Meara

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Paul O'Meara

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Large numbers waiting on beds at Naas Hospital today

Naas Hospital

There was an increase in the number of patients admitted to Naas Hospital without a bed last October, when compared with October 2016.

Overcrowding figures for last month reached 214, which was 50 more than October 2016.

It was also more than double the number admitted to St. James’s Hospital in Dublin without a bed.

Some 136 patients were admitted to Portlaoise Hospital during that month without a bed and at Tullamore Hospital the figure was 422.

For the ten month period up to the end of October overcrowding figures rose to 2763 from 2546 last year.

But it was less than the figure for 2015 (which was 2964).

According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation almost 9,000 people were admitted on trolleys across the State last month and this is 15% more than October ‘16.

The ten monthly figures nationally also rose, by 8%.

INMO General Secretary Liam Doran says that the overcrowding problem continues to deteriorate significantly “with record levels both in the month of October and the in the ten months of the year to date”.

Overcrowding was worst at University Hospital Limerick and University Hospital Galway but there were steep increases in Wexford General Hospital and Letterkenny University Hospital. Mr. Doran says the system is still critically short of acute hospital beds and this is having a detrimental and harmful effect on patient care.”

He said as “we enter the winter period” all hospitals should be empowered and supported to open all available beds and introduce incentivised packages to recruit and retain the required numbers of additional nursing staff to allow for the opening of the beds.”