Record amount of patients waiting for beds in hospitals nationwide
608 patients are without a bed in Irish hospitals today according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.
This is the highest daily figure for the month of June since the INMO began counting trolleys in 2006.
There are currently 78 patients without a bed in CUH, and 20 in the Mercy Hospital.
Commenting on today’s figures, INMO General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha said:
“The fact that there are 608 patients without a bed in Irish hospitals at the end of June is a warning that unless the HSE and Department of Health tackle this issue head on now we are in for a very bleak autumn and winter in our hospitals. Every passing day that we allow trolley numbers to continue to rise in summer is an acceptance that chronic overcrowding, sicker patients and burnout nurses and other healthcare workers are going to be the key features of our health service this winter.”