Further Overcrowding At Hospitals In Midlands

Written 1 year ago by Newsroom

The three regional hospitals in the Midlands have been hit by further overcrowding today.

According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, 30 people are on trolleys in the emergency department or in full wards at Tullamore Hospital, ahead of Mullingar Hospital with 21 and Portlaoise Hospital with 20.

Nationally, 565 patients are awaiting admission to hospitals today.

It comes as the Health Minister has said that it is his intention to scrap the Health Service Executive.

Speaking at an Oireachtas Committee meeting, Simon Harris has been outlining an eight point plan for the future of Ireland’s healthcare which is largely based on the development of hospital groups and community health organisations.

He says major change is needed to secure the future of good quality healthcare.

Minister Harris believes that looking at the HSE’s future is a key part of that.