Cork University Hospital (CUH) is the worst-hit by a “toxic combination” of Covid-19 and overcrowding today, with 50 people waiting for beds.
According to the Irish Nursing and Midwives Organisation (INMO), 50 people are on trolleys at CUH, with 221 patients without hospital beds across the country – the highest figure since Covid-19 restrictions were introduced.
The union has warned that Covid-19 combined with overcrowding can endanger staff and patients and are calling for direct action.
Liam Conway, INMO Industrial Relations Officer for Cork University Hospital said:
“Covid and overcrowding make for a toxic combination. This is a deadly virus and our frontline members are rightly worried for their safety and that of their patients.
“It is time for direct government intervention, especially ahead of the annual winter surge.
"We need to fund extra beds, expand step-down care, and fund additional home care packages. And this all needs a funded workforce plan to recruit additional nurses and midwives immediately.”