OVER 5,500 patients were on trolleys in Limerick’s University Hospital last year, the third worst record for a hospital in the country, writes Anne Sheridan.
The latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation for the year end show that a total of 5,504 patients were without a bed in the emergency department and other wards.
Limerick was among a number of hospitals which showed an increase in people waiting on trolleys, significantly up from 3,626 patients on trolleys in 2012.
Nationally, overcrowding figures were up by two per cent in 2013, with a total of 67,863 patients waiting for admission to a hospital bed in 2013, compared with 66,308 in 2012. However, the INMO said the true figure could be even higher as they only began to count the number of patients inappropriately placed in wards from March 1 last.
INMO general secretary, Liam Doran, said the increase in overcrowding is “very disappointing”.