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INMO records 110% increase in November trolley numbers compared to last year

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has recorded a 110% increase in trolley numbers for November when compared to the same time last year.

According to a monthly Trolleywatch which covers every hospital in the country, 8,317 patients were on trolleys in November which is a significant increase on the 3,934 patients in November last year.

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The three worst-affected hospitals so far this year are University Hospital Limerick (1,358) Letterkenny University Hospital (1,067) and Cork University Hospital (726).

In an attempt to tackle the overcrowding, the INMO has called for public and private hospitals to act as one.

INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha stated, “Despite calls from the HSE Chief Executive for hospitals to cancel elective procedures on 19 November, we have seen relatively high numbers of people on trolleys for the month of November”.

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With trolley numbers continuing to rise as well as the possibility of the new Omicron variant entering the country Ní Sheaghda stated, “Our members are mentally and physically exhausted. They have been working with no easing of pressure since January 2020. We tend to forget with everything that has happened since COVID first landed on our shores that nurses were dealing with chronic overcrowding in our hospitals with over 20,000 people on trolleys in the first two months of 2020.”

IMAGE – “Two nurses transporting a bed down a hospital corridor” is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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