Trolley crisis: CUH worst in country, almost 100 Cork patients on trolleys 

Trolley crisis: CUH worst in country, almost 100 Cork patients on trolleys 

Cork University Hospital has the highest number of patients on trolleys in the country, with 67 patients waiting on beds this morning. The second highest in the country this morning is University Hospital Galway, with 44. 

67 patients in CUH are waiting on beds this morning.

The next highest figure is University Hospital Galway, with 44 patients without a bed. 

Bantry General Hospital has seven people on trolleys and the Mercy University Hospital has 18.

This brings the total number of Cork people waiting on trolleys this morning to 92.

This trolley crisis is also persistent nationally, with 493 admitted patients without beds in Irish hospitals this morning.

With overcrowding reaching crisis levels in Cork hospitals, healthcare has become a dominant issue for political parties to address while on the campaign trail. 

Fianna Fáil’s strategy includes adding five million home-help hours, doubling the National Treatment Purchase Fund, adding 2,600 more hospital beds and hiring an extra 4,000 nursing staff over five years.

The party is also in favour of phasing out private healthcare in public hospitals and adopting a universal healthcare system. 

Meanwhile, Fine Gael pledged to introduce free GP care to all children and teenagers under the age of 18 over the next five years.

The party has also said that all hospital charges will be abolished for children in the budget next year. 

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