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Number of people on hospital trolleys in Ireland today, according to the INMO

This morning.

The Irish Nurses’ and Midwives’ Organisation announced that there are 760 people on hospital trolleys across Ireland today, referring to it as “the worst-ever figure since records began”.

In a press release, the INMO said:

“The number of patients on trolleys this morning would more than fill the largest hospital in the state, St. James (707 beds) or take more than twice the equivalent of Letterkenny University Hospital (333 beds).

“The previous worst-ever day was 12 March 2018 during the “Beast from the East”, when 714 patients went without beds.

“University Hospital Limerick has also broken the daily record for an individual hospital, with 92 patients on trolleys. The previous highest figure was 85, also in UHL.”

Worst-ever day for trolley overcrowding since records began – INMO


Last night, RTÉ reported:

All elective surgery is to be cancelled at Cork’s two main hospitals until further notice in response to overcrowding in their emergency departments.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation said earlier that Cork University Hospital and Mercy University Hospital are operating “beyond their limits” and that they expect the situation to get worse next week.

The decision was made following a meeting between the HSE and the INMO.

Elective surgery to be cancelled at two Cork hospitals due to overcrowding (RTÉ)


Last Friday…

The front page of the Irish Daily Mail.

Previously: Friday’s Papers

This morning.

Via The irish Nurses And Midwives organisation (INMO):

No beds for 571 people in hospital this morning, including 11 children.

Today’s highest trolley figures are in:

UH Limerick – 62 people
UH Galway – 44 people
Cork UH – 38 people

November data here


This morning.

From left Dr. Vida Hamilton, National Clinical Advisor, Acute Operations, HSE; Anne O’Connor, HSE Chief Operations Officer; and Dr Kevin Kelleher, Assistant National Director, Public & Child Health, HSE, at the launch of the HSE Winter Plan at the HSE National Communications Unit in Dublin.

Leah Farrell/Rollingnews

Moments ago.

In the Dáil during Leaders’ Questions.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told Fianna Fáil Mícheál Martin that his “self-righteousness knows no limits”.

It followed Mr Martin raising concerns about hospital overcrowding and the number of patients on hospital trolleys.

In response, Mr Varadkar reminded Mr Martin of his record as Minister for Health and told him “you should be off your high horse when it comes to this one”.


649 patients waiting for beds in Irish hospitals (Breaking News)

Related: Healthcare chief apologises as images emerge of psychiatric patients sleeping on floor (Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, November 1, 2019)