457 patients waiting on hospital beds nationwide
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation have said that the lack of action from the HSE and state agencies on hospital overcrowding is inexcusable.
The statement comes as 457 patients are without a bed in Irish hospitals today.
CUH has been named as the 3rd most overcrowded hospital in the country today, with 38 patients waiting on trolleys. Meanwhile, there are 14 patients without a bed in the Mercy Hospital.
INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said:
“The numbers of patients without a bed in Irish hospitals is completely unacceptable. For there to be 457 patients without a bed on a single day in the middle of June is not something we should accept as a given. The response thus far from the Health Services Executive, the Health and Safety Authority has been extremely lacking. Our nurses are at the end of our tether, and they cannot provide the clinical care that is required. They are burnt out both physically and mentally and cannot continue at this pace. The slow reaction and at times hands-off approach from their employer will drive many nurses out of the profession.”