UHG has its worst day this week with 53 on trolleys


University Hospital Galway is the third most overcrowded in Ireland for the third time this week with 53 people on trolleys.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation’s daily Trolley/Ward Watch figures show that there are 513 people on trolleys in acute hospitals today.

The hardest hit by the daily overcrowding is University Hospital Limerick, where there are 63 patients without a proper bed.

That’s followed by Cork University Hospital with 55, and UHG in a close third place with 53.

Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe has fared better this week, and only has three people currently without a bed.

The INMO has repeatedly said the overcrowding levels in Irish hospitals, which have reached new heights already in 2020, are highly dangerous for both patients and staff.

The union has called for an immediate end to the HSE’s hiring freeze and the full implementation of Sláintecare as soon as possible.