July 26, 2021

5,875: that’s the record number of patients without a bed in UHW so far in 2019 – and there’s still a month to go

This year has seen the highest number of patients on trolleys in University Hospital Waterford than any other since records began – and there’s still a full month of 2019 to go, according to figures from INMO.

A total of 5,875 people have gone without beds in 2019 so far, breaking 2017’s record high of 5,525, and 1,500 more than last year’s 4,319.

Nationally, 108,364 patients have been denied a bed in 2019 in the first 11 months of this year, which is higher than 2018’s record high of 108,227.

In 2019 so far, the worst-affected hospitals are:

  • University Hospital Limerick : 12,810
  • Cork University Hospital: 10,136
  • University Hospital Galway: 7,409
  • South Tipperary General Hospital: 6,383
  • University Hospital Waterford: 5,875
  • Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin: 5,572

The figures count patients who are admitted to hospitals but do not have a bed and are are typically on trolleys in corridors or on chairs.

INMO counts the numbers in 32 hospitals each morning at 8am.

“Winter has only just begun and the record is already broken,” INMO General Secretary, Phil Ni Sheaghdha.

“These statistics are the hallmark of a wildly bureaucratic health service, which is failing staff and patients alike.”


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