114% patient increase

OUR Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda saw a 114 per cent increase in the number of patients on trolleys in 2011, according to a new survey.

OUR Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda saw a 114 per cent increase in the number of patients on trolleys in 2011, according to a new survey.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation’s (INMO) trolley watch survey for 2011 reveals that there was a 114% increase in the number of patients, who had been admitted to hospital, and were left on a trolley waiting for a hospital bed.

“The INMO identified, in mid 2011, that the numbers on trolleys were at record levels and were now a daily reality in some hospitals that had previously avoided this indignity to patients,” said INMO General Secretary Liam Doran.

“It is a reality that this level of overcrowding was as a direct result of a combination of increased demand for treatment, bed closures, cutbacks in community services and difficulties with the Fair Deal scheme.

“Against this very stark background the INMO welcomes the reduction, in patients on trolleys, in December. This reduction came about as a result of the opening of closed beds, ring fenced funding for some community supports and the prioritisation of this problem...”