July 26, 2021

HOSPITAL CRISIS: 39 patients left without a bed at UHW

A total of 39 patients were yesterday waiting for a bed in University Hospital Waterford, according to figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO).

A total of 679 patients nationwide had no bed, which is the highest daily figure in 2019 so far and the second-highest ever recorded.

The INMO’s daily trolley watch records the numbers of admitted patients who cared on trolleys and chairs, due to a shortage of hospital beds. The figures include both emergency departments and wards elsewhere in the hospital.

The worst-affected hospitals include:

  • University Hospital Limerick: 63
  • University Hospital Cork: 60
  • Letterkenny University Hospital: 47
  • South Tipperary General Hospital: 40
  • Sligo University Hospital: 39
  • University Hospital Waterford: 39

“This is simply obscene,” INMO General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha, said yesterday.

“Winter has not even started, and Irish hospitals are overwhelmed. Our members are faced with an inhumane working environment, while patients are put at ever-increasing risk.”


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