Health crisis at Cork University Hospital: ‘Conditions are intolerable and unsafe’

Health crisis at Cork University Hospital: ‘Conditions are intolerable and unsafe’
Cork University Hospital is suffering with extreme overcrowding.

MORE than 1,000 patients have been left waiting for a bed at Cork University Hospital (CUH) for the past two months in a row.

The latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) revealed that 1,051 patients were forced to wait for a bed at Cork University Hospital last month and 1,079 were left waiting at the hospital in July.

The figures were released just weeks after the INMO threatened possible industrial action in the region unless issues at CUH are addressed.

Conditions for both patients and staff at CUH have been described as intolerable and unsafe in recent weeks amid record overcrowding and capacity concerns.

The INMO has sought engagement with HSE management to discuss the issues and has warned it could curtail services unless urgent action is taken to address issues at CUH and across services in the region.

The union said Cork health services have been plunged into a crisis due to record overcrowding, hundreds of vacant frontline positions.

“There will need to be measures put in place to address overcrowding and shortages,” said INMO industrial relations officer for Cork, Liam Conway.

“Otherwise or members will have to consider alternative action such as industrial action,” he warned.

“This would be extremely regrettable and we hope that common sense prevails and urgent measures are put in place to protect our members and the patients they care for by increasing bed capacity and lifting the controls nationally for local recruitment.”

The INMO went on strike in January this year with thousands of patients impacted as services experienced widespread disruption.

Mr Conway said the conditions for patients and staff in CUH are intolerable and unsafe.

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