Worst February Ever For Numbers Of Patients On Trolleys At UHK

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THE INMO recorded the highest number of patients waiting on trolleys for the month of February since records began.

There were 449 patients waiting on trolleys in the hospital during the month which beats the previous highest figure of 359 in February of last year. Meanwhile, there were 28 patients waiting on trolleys today at the hospital.

Nationally there were 10,446 admitted patients waiting on trolleys last month, 23% more than February last year, when 8,515 people were on trolleys.

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INMO general secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha said; “The long-running trolley crisis has to be priority number one in the government talks. 10,000 people have been lining the corridors and waiting rooms of Ireland’s hospitals in February. Our members are forced to provide care in appalling conditions.

“Meanwhile qualified healthcare staff are queueing up to work, but hospitals are unable to hire them. We have asked the health spokespeople of all the major parties to lift the recruitment embargo, and whatever the make-up of the next government we will insist that these obstacles to safe staffing are removed immediately.”

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