Record-Breaking June For Patients Waiting On Trolleys At UHK

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THERE was a record number of patients waiting on trolleys in University Hospital Kerry in June.

There were 345 people waiting on trolleys at UHK last month, an increase of 295 on June 2021 when there were 50 patients on trolleys and up on the previous June record figure of 233 in 2019.

The monthly Trolleywatch figures compiled by the Irish Nurses and Midwives organisation shows that numbers of patients on trolleys in hospitals around the country was 9,961, making it the the worst June on record since the INMO began counting trolleys in 2006.

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INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said: “It has been a June like we have never seen in Irish hospitals with out-of-control hospital overcrowding coupled with rising COVID hospitalisations. In 16 years of counting trolleys, we’ve never seen June figures higher than the preceding January.

“Nurses are constantly raising the dangers associated with  overcrowding in their workplaces, however the figures for the month of June are out of control and a stark warning of what is to come for the autumn and winter period, considering none of the mitigation measures necessary are being implemented.”

“This level of overcrowding warrants senior HSE and government attention, it is not ok and it is not safe.”

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