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More than 50,000 patients weren’t having a bed in Irish hospitals, INMO said

2020 has been an unpredictable year as Covid 19 took a world tour. Due to the pandemic, Ireland also faced many difficulties.

It was found that nearly 53,325 patients in Irish hospitals weren’t having beds. These were the figures released by the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (INMO).

More than 30,000 incidents like this were reported in the initial months of Covid period. It was found that patients were waiting in trolleys and chairs.

General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said that they haven’t expected such a thing to happened.

“At the beginning of the pandemic, the focus was on eliminating overcrowding. We now need immediate interventions to ensure our hospitals can cope with the volume of patients safely.” she said.

Right at the start of the Covid pandemic, the HSE announced it would adopt a zero-tolerance approach to trolleys. Monthly figures dropped to as low as 497 patients in April, but have been steadily increasing throughout the year to 4,353 in December.

Comparing to the previous year, more patients were on trolleys.

University Hospital Limerick: 9,843 (higher than 2017), Cork University Hospital: 6,503 (higher than 2016), Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar: 2,768 (higher than 2019), Sligo University Hospital: 2,530 (higher than 2017) and Mater University Hospital: 2,368, were the hospitals with the highest overall figures.

Till the date, over 13,000 healthcare workers including 4000 nurses were infected with Covid-19 in Ireland.

“These are the staff we need to roll out the vaccine and to provide care. They cannot be safe in overcrowded, infectious environments,” Ní Sheaghdha said.

She also added that “We are now effectively running two health services, catering for Covid and non-COVD cases. We wrote to the HSE yesterday seeking urgent action. They must bring private hospital capacity onstream and postpone electives.”

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