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Over 500 people on trolleys at UHG in June

UHG was the third most overcrowded hospital in Ireland last month with 546 patients on trolleys.

Hospital overcrowding in Galway spiked again last month, with the number of people on trolleys at UHG spiking by almost 100 compared with May when there was a recorded figure of just 454.

The figures for University Hospital Galway in June are worse than Portiuncula and UHG combined in May, when there were 502 people on trolleys across Galway’s public hospitals.

It’s also significantly worse than the number recorded for June 2018 when there were 501 people on trolleys at UHG.

In total there were 7,392 people on trolleys in Irish hospitals last month according to the INMO, among which were 55 children.

The INMO have said that this is a 7% increase on the same period last year. In one day on June 25 there were 482 people on trolleys, the highest total for any day in June since records began, and 49% higher than the same day in 2018.

The worst affected was Cork University Hospital with 834 patients without a bed, followed by University Hospital Limerick (833), UHG (546), Tallaght Hospital (496), and UH Waterford (495).

INMO general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said, “Our members tell us that there’s no longer a summer respite when it comes to overcrowding.

“Summer 2019 is as bad as winter was five years ago,” she said, adding “Understaffing is driving year-round unsafe conditions.”

“The government and HSE need to get a handle on this problem. That means implementing the Safe Staffing Framework and making real progress on Sláintecare.”

“Without serious investment and reform, this problem will continue to spiral, with patients and frontline staff paying the price.”

The worst affected location was Cork University Hospital with 834 patients without a bed, followed by University Hospital Limerick (833), UHG (546), Tallaght Hospital (496), and UH Waterford (495).

Briain Kelly
Email: news@galwaydaily.com
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