Numbers waiting on trolleys fa...


Numbers waiting on trolleys falls

RedFM News
RedFM News

11:14 5 Jan 2023

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The number of patients waiting on trolleys has fallen significantly compared to yesterday - it's now 639.

Figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show a drop two days in a row.

Yesterday's was 838 and it was over 900 on Tuesday.

Cork University Hospital is the most overcrowded hospital in the country to day with 56 patients waiting to be admitted, while there are 17 in Mercy University Hospital and 12 in Bantry General

Meanwhile, Sinn Fein says it's no surprise doctors are annoyed at being asked to 'do more' by the Health Minister.

The party's health spokesperson, David Cullinane, says it's time for the politicians to step up and help exhausted workers.

"Doctors want to treat patients. They want to know that when they go into a hospital, they have the tools that have the equipment, they have the beds.

"Very often it's a battle every day, and that's why I think it's a sore point for healthcare professionals, when they hear the Minister for Health say that they should step up to the plate more and do more when they're burned out because they had COVID, they had the cyber attack.

"There hasn't been a let-up  for those on the front line. They're going into hospitals every day with one hand tied behind their backs."

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