July 31, 2021

108,364: that’s the record number of patients without a bed in 2019 – and there’s still a month to go

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

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, which is likely to heap further pressure on Minister for Health and Wicklow TD Simon Harris (above).

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.”

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health, Stephen Donnelly, has reacted by saying: “The staff cannot do any more than they are already doing. The Minister on the other hand, could do something. He could fund GPs properly so that people can be treated in their community instead of Emergency Departments.


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