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INMO warns of an oncoming “bleak winter” in congested hospitals.

Dublin: INMO predicts that Ireland’s health system and hospitals will face a severe crisis this winter. According to the Association of Nurses and Midwives, evidence of this has begun to emerge, pointing to high trolley figures in September.

555 individuals admitted to the hospital last month were denied a bed. There are 482 patients in the emergency department. There are 73 people in other wards. This is the worst situation since 2019. There were 74 individuals on trolleys at Cork University Hospital and Limerick University Hospital.

This month, 10,515 patients arrived on trolleys across the country, according to the group. In September 2019, the trolley saw 10,641 patients. Most patients were seen at University Hospital Limerick (1382), Cork University Hospital (1260), University Hospital Galway (1032), Sligo University Hospital (790), and Letterkenny University Hospital (666).

According to INMO, this is a “disastrous indication.” General Secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha warns that as the number of patient’s increases, hospitals will become more complex. Both nurses and patients will be put in danger. According to the General Secretary, the administration does not have a clear winter plan.

Nurses are thoroughly demoralized by the challenges linked to overcrowding. Problems with recruitment and retention have yet to be rectified.

Several dozen nurses working in a crowded emergency department at a prominent teaching hospital in Dublin have resigned this week alone. According to research, increased work load and workplace abuse make nurses irritable.

The General Secretary stated that he had recently visited Limerick University Hospital and was aware of the problems that the members there were facing.

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