Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Record 656 patients waiting for hospital bed

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was speaking from Budapest where he met the Hungarian Prime Minister Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was speaking from Budapest where he met the Hungarian Prime Minister
Kenny Thornton | 12 January, 2018, 21:35

Hospital bosses will provide the health minister with an update today on the strains emergency departments are facing.

He also defended Minister for Health Simon Harris, saying it is a very hard job and he is very satisfied with his performance.

The INMO today stated that there are 26 patients waiting for a bed, with eight on trolleys and 18 in wards.

According to data released by the Irish Nurses & Midwives Association (INMO), 656 patients were waiting on a bed earlier today - an increase on the previous record count of 612 on January 3rd a year ago.

He expressed his regret and frustration at the situation and that there has not been an improvement despite increased investment.

The hospitals worst affected are University Hospital Limerick with 52 patients waiting, St Luke's in Kilkenny with 46 and Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore with 37.

"We will also continue to increase bed capacity and drive the reform our health service needs", Minister Harris said.

She said that Mr Varadkar's "version of stability involves a 92 per cent bed occupancy on average, 500-plus patients waiting for admission on trolleys, nearly 700,000 patients waiting for an outpatient appointment, an ever-increasing number of cancelled operations and procedures, and a general practice system which is struggling to meet demand and is near to collapse".

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The overall HSE figures show that overcrowding has reduced today to 438 patients, when the children's hospitals are included.

He revealed: "I find it beyond puzzling that during Celtic Tiger Ireland, when this country had more money than sense, we reduced the number of hospital beds and we never built a new hospital".

Nurses are needed not just in theatre but also for patients recovering after surgery and the INMO has written to the hospital advising them of these concerns, she said.

Dr Foran said the challenge for the hospital has been to find isolation beds to treat patients with the flu.

Cork University Hospital and University Hospital Galway recorded 6815 and 6563 respectively, while the Mater University Hospital in Dublin was the capital's most overcrowded hospital with 5238 patients on trolleys during 2017.

He said that people with flu-like symptoms should visit or phone their Global Positioning System rather than go to the hospital's Emergency Department.

He said: "I want to reassure the public that all the winter plan measures funded by increased investment by Government, like increased access to home care, transitional care and diagnostics along with additional acute bed capacity, are being implemented".

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