Monday 12 March has set a new record high for patients on trolleys awaiting hospital admission
The General Secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has called for a national emergency to be declared.
According to a new report announced on the INMO website, a total of 714 people are currently on trolleys around Ireland, awaiting admission into hospitals.
Of those figures, it is reported that there are in excess of 600 patients awaiting admission every single day.
As per Monday's figures, of those 714, over 500 are on trolley's in the hospital's A&E department, and the most overcrowded hospitals are as follows, as per RTE:
- University Hospital Limerick - 80 patients
- University Hospital Galway - 45 patients
- Cork University Hospital - 43 patients
- Tallaght Hospital - 40 patients
- Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore - 37 patients
- Sligo University Hospital - 35 patients
- South Tipperary General Hospital - 34 patients
- Dublin Mater Hospital - 32 patients
There are also a combined number of fifteen patients awaiting admission in Temple Street Children's Hospital and Crumlin Children's Hospital, both in Dublin.
Phil Ni Sheaghdha, the General Secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, told RTÉ’s News At One that she had requested that the HSE declare a national emergency in hospital services for two weeks in the wake of Storm Emma, as the "volume of patients is too high to give proper, correct and humane care".