September 28, 2021

Hospital overcrowding crisis: Worst day on record for patients waiting for bed

Today has been the worst-ever day for trolley overcrowding since records began, heaping further pressure on the embattled Health Minister and Wicklow TD Simon Harris.

Figures published today reveal 760 admitted patients were left without beds in Ireland’s hospitals this morning.

Locally, the number of patients on trolleys at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin, where most Wicklow patients are treated, currently stands at 28. All of these patients are waiting on trolleys in the overcrowded A&E department.

The figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) reveal the number of patients on trolleys nationwide today would more than fill the largest hospital in the State, St James (707 beds).

The previous worst day for overcrowding was March 12, 2018 during the so-called ‘Beast from the East’ weather phenonemon when 714 patients were left without beds.

University Hospital Limerick (UHL) has also broken the daily record for an individual hospital, with 92 patients on trolleys. The previous highest figure was 82, also in UHL.



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