Over 100 patients on trolleys in Cork hospitals 

Over 100 patients on trolleys in Cork hospitals 
Patients on trolleys at Cork University Hospital reached a "crisis point" in recent days.

Cork University Hospital has the second-highest number of patients on trolleys this morning, according to the latest Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) figures. 

Cork University Hospital had 56 patients waiting on beds this morning. 

Bantry General Hospital had 16 people on trolleys and the Mercy University Hospital had 34. 

This brings the total number of Cork people waiting on trolleys this morning to 106.

This comes after yesterday's emergency meeting between the INMO and the South/South West Hospital Group, where it was agreed that elective surgeries should be cancelled and non-emergency admissions stopped. 

Overcrowding reached crisis levels at Cork's biggest hospitals, CUH and the Mercy, in recent days.

This trolley crisis is also persistent nationally, with a record-breaking 760 admitted patients without beds in Irish hospitals this morning. This is the worst-ever figure recorded since the INMO started their trolley watch records.

The previous worst-ever day was on March 12, 2018 during the 'Beast from the East' storm. 714 patients were waiting on beds that day.

Today's worst-hit hospitals, including CUH, are University Hospital Limerick with 92 patients on trolleys, University Hospital Galway with 47 patients on trolleys, and South Tipperary General Hospital with 40 patients waiting on a bed.

The INMO's General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha, said that Ireland’s health service continues to break records "in the worst possible way." 

"Our members are working in impossible conditions to provide the best care they can.

"The excuse that this is all down to the flu simply doesn’t hold. There are always extra patients in winter, but we simply do not get the extra capacity to cope. This is entirely predictable, yet we seemingly fail to deal with it every year.

"We also need to immediately scrap the HSE’s counterproductive recruitment pause, which is leaving these services understaffed and thus overcrowded.

"Behind these numbers are hundreds of individual vulnerable patients – it is a simply shameful situation. This is entirely preventable if proper planning was in place."

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