UHG is the second most overcrowded hospital in Ireland

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UHG is the second most overcrowded hospital in Ireland today, with 48 patients who do not have a proper bed.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation keeps track of patients on trolleys or packed into overcrowded wards at University Hospital Galway and other public hospitals.

Today there are 484 patients on trolleys or without a proper bed in Irish hospitals according to the Trolley/Ward Watch.

The worst affected is University Hospital Limerick (71), followed by UHG (48) and Cork University Hospital (47).

The INMO has said that last month was the worst August on record for overcrowding, with the average daily number of people on trolleys 28% higher than over the same period last year.

In total Irish hospitals saw 9,562 patients, including 48 children, on trolleys last month. Of those 655 were at University Hospital Galway.

INMO General Secretary said that seeing almost 10,000 people on trolleys during a summer month signals “an even more dangerous winter”

“At the core of the problem is staffing, as there are well over 1,300 nursing and midwifery vacancies across the This is no time for recruitment bans.”

“Vacancies need to be filled so that patients get the care they need. The HSE’s recruitment ban has got to go.”