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Friday 18 August 2017

INMO fury as 612 are left waiting on trolleys

Liam Doran
Liam Doran

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has hit out at the HSE, saying a record number of 612 people waiting on trolleys in hospitals yesterday was "totally predictable".

Across hospitals in Dublin yesterday, a total of 78 people were on trolleys awaiting treatment.

St Vincent's Hospital was the worst hit with 19, followed by the Mater with 17 patients, and Tallaght Hospital with 16.

Beaumount Hospital had a total of 13, Connolly Hospital seven and St James' Hospital six.

Questions

INMO general secretary Liam Doran told the Herald that questions must be asked as to what measures were taken over the past eight weeks to alleviate the situation.

"The fact that 612 patients had no beds this week is truly shocking," he said.

The HSE said: "An additional 55 acute beds are being provided in hospitals.

"Beds have opened in Beaumont Hospital and in the Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar. In addition, 18 step-down beds are open in the Mercy University Hospital Cork."

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