OVERCROWDING in Cork University Hospital has gotten worse year on year and will continue to do so unless the HSE takes urgent action, nurses have claimed.
More than 9,000 patients waited on trolleys at Cork University Hospital (CUH) in 2018 — the second worst trolley figures in the entire country.
End-of-year figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) have revealed that 108,227 patients went without hospital beds in Ireland in 2018, a record high. This included 9,135 patients at CUH.
“The problem has been getting worse year on year,” said INMO industrial relations officer for Cork, Liam Conway.
“Without dealing with the nursing and midwifery pay, we will continue to lose the battle to recruit and retain staff.
“This will hinder any expansion of bed capacity.
“We have seen a 9% increase on 2017 figures.
“With over 9,000 patients on trolleys in CUH in 2018, this is down to a lack of bed capacity,” he added.
“Staffing shortages and the nursing and midwifery recruitment crisis will continue to be a major factor in the overcrowding crisis.
“There is a lack of beds in both the acute hospitals and community services. We cannot increase bed capacity without recruiting more nurses and midwives.”