Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Figures released this morning by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization show there were 998 bedless patients in July at Galway University Hospital, making it the third most overcrowded country /
Only University Hospital Limerick and University Hospital Cork had more with 1,268 in Limerick and 1,000 in Cork.
St Vincents Hospital Dublin and University Hospital Sligo were among the top five.
Since May this year almost 30,000 patients have been without beds and in July the number was just over 9,000.
INMO Director of Professional Services Tony Fitzpatrick said:
“The level of hospital overcrowding that we have seen throughout this summer has been a source of serious concern. Since the beginning of May, we have seen 27,832 bedless patients in Irish hospitals, including 9,191 in July. The fact that 95 children under the age of sixteen were left without a hospital bed in July must absolutely not be tolerated.
“Unless we see a hospital-by-hospital plan to tackle overcrowding, we expect a very bleak winter in Irish hospitals which will see nurses and patients in extremely dangerous circumstances.
“We must heed the warnings of our Australian colleagues when it comes to mitigating the impact of influenza and COVID in Irish hospitals over the coming months. We cannot afford to have a ‘double outbreak’ of COVID and flu in Irish hospitals this winter. Vaccinations against COVID and influenza should be offered to healthcare workers as soon as possible.
“Nurses and other healthcare workers cannot be expected to face this kind of pressure until winter. If the government and the HSE are serious about retaining those already working in the health service, significant steps must be taken to ensure safe conditions of care for patients and staff. No nurse wants to have to care for patients in suboptimal conditions.