Over 400 Patients On Trolleys In Midlands Hospitals In November

November has been the worst month on record for hospital overcrowding, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

November has been the worst month on record for hospital overcrowding.

Figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation reveal over 12,600 people have been without beds in hospitals this month.

That includes over 563 children.

428 people were on trolleys in the midlands in the month of November - 58 in Portlaoise, 135 in Tullamore and 235 in Mullingar.

The hospitals experiencing the worst overcrowding are University Hospital Limerick, Cork University Hospital, and Letterkenny University Hospital.

The INMO described the situation as dangerous for both staff and patients, and called for more recruitment, retention and accommodation of hospital staff.
Meath West Deputy Peadar Toibin says this is as a direct result of the HSE decision to close facilities in Nenagh and Ennis.

Speaking in the Dáil, the Aontú leader called on the Taoiseach to stop the HSE closing more A&Es , such as the facility in Navan:

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