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# INMO

Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# hospital security
INMO calls for full security review of hospitals following fatal Cork attack
The union said no security review has taken place since 2016.
Last month
January 2023
# Respiratory viruses
Chief medical officer has not advocated for a mask mandate, says Taoiseach
Chief Medical Officer Prof Breda Smyth has urged the public to wear masks on public transport and in crowded places.
# Hospitals
'Not acceptable' that people are dying due to overcrowding, says INMO
The former head of the HSE also stated today that overcrowding has become a permanent feature of the healthcare system.
# INMO
INMO to consult with members on industrial action
The INMO general secretary said ‘what has transpired this week in our hospitals was totally avoidable’.
# Under Pressure
Pressure on hospitals due to respiratory illnesses will likely get worse, Donnelly says
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said the HSE doesn’t believe that the flu wave has peaked.
# Emergency Departments
INMO calls for return of mandatory mask-wearing in crowded settings amid record trolley numbers
Over 931 patients are without beds in Irish hospitals today – the highest number since records began in 2006.
Covid-19 and influenza cases continue to increase rapidly, while notifications of RSV are also increasing
A consultant at University Hospital Limerick said "conditions in many instances are inhumane"
Services at several hospitals around the country are under extreme pressure
Last year
2022
# INMO
Urgent health service demand at never before seen levels amid 'worst year' for hospital overcrowding
It comes amid a warning from the HSE that ‘demand for urgent health services is rising well above levels we have seen before’.
# Covid-19
Taoiseach asks HSE to 'deploy all available resources' in response to respiratory viruses surge
Frontline healthcare workers ‘feel that they have been abandoned to a situation that was avoidable,’ the INMO’s general secretary said.
Taoiseach has said that HSE must deploy all available resources to combat virus surge.
HSE said they're seeing more people currently in hospital with Covid-19 than had been expected.
# Trolleys
Mater restricts visits due to high levels of respiratory infections as 'record' overcrowding hits hospitals
It’s the joint-highest number of patients without a bed that the organisation has ever recorded.
# INMO
Nurses working in ‘horrendous’ conditions as 100,000 patients left on trolleys
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation warned that workers are ‘stretched to the limit, with staff shortages reported across the country.
# INMO
Number of patients on trolleys in Irish hospitals hits year-high
669 people are on trolleys in Irish hospitals today, a figure that includes 28 children.
# Overcrowding
INMO warns of 'dangerous overcrowding' at Mater hospital
Nurses say the emergency department at the hospital is no longer safe for patients.
# Healthcare
Budget 2023 must address 'chronic' overcrowding in Irish hospitals, says INMO
It called for a ‘laser focus’ on recruitment of nurses and midwives.
# INMO
Nurses and midwives' union to ballot members on industrial action
INMO has pointed to persistent inflation and the rising cost of living as sources of strain for members.
# Overcrowding
Nurses warn of winter 'twindemic' if overcrowding in hospitals is not addressed
The INMO said that the number of patients without a bed last month was up 52% on the previous year.
# Under Pressure
University Hospital Galway warn of 'severe' overcrowding a week after CMO alerted Donnelly
“This level of overcrowding in Galway and across the country in the middle of July is not normal,” the INMO said.
# long covid
Nurses organisation says it wants long-Covid treated as a workplace injury
Talks between unions on new sick pay schemes are ongoing.
# Hospitals
Nurses suffering from burnout due to overcrowding in A&E, says INMO
The INMO has said the dignity of patients is often diminished because of overcrowded conditions.
# State of Emergency
Easy as ABC? Solving Ireland's lethal Acute Bed Capacity crisis
Inpatient bed numbers among lowest in EU and nowhere near demand predicted by capacity reviews.
Inpatient bed numbers among lowest in EU and nowhere near demand predicted by capacity reviews
Maria Delaney of investigative platform Noteworthy examines why despite overcrowding constantly being reported, hundreds of people continue to die
Full capacity protocol activated weekly at University Hospital Limerick, often resulting in cancelled ops
# Overcrowding
INMO warns of 'real problem along western seaboard' with record-breaking overcrowding
There was record-breaking overcrowding in University Hospital Limerick in April.
# The Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Saturday
Here’s a roundup of stories from today.
# Nurses
'Disappointing' to have no nursing or midwifery member on new Covid advisory group, INMO says
The Department of Health yesterday confirmed the details of the new Covid-19 Advisory Group that will include members such as Professor Luke O’Neill.
# Covid-19
CMO doesn't advise for mandatory mask-wearing, as Tánaiste says public health emergency is over
Hospitals have been under serious pressure in the latest surge – with the worst March overcrowding for at least 16 years.
# Mayo
Mayo hospital staff face 'extraordinary and overwhelming' conditions as Covid cases mount
The INMO said face mask mandates need to be reintroduced.
# INMO
Emergency measures needed to tackle hospital overcrowding, INMO says
HSE boss Paul Reid said today that people being reinfected with Covid-19 is not an unusual occurrence.
# Hospitals
Overcrowding and over 1,000 Covid-19 cases in hospitals is 'recipe for disaster', INMO says
A total of 1,042 patients are in hospital with Covid-19 currently.
# Health Committee
Nurses and midwives reporting exhaustion due to huge patient numbers, INMO to tell committee
The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health is set to sit later today.
# Cork University Hospital
Nurses warn of 'dangerous situation' at Cork hospital as trolley figures hit 16-year high
84 people were waiting for admission to Cork University Hospital this morning.
# covid absences
'Absenteeism': Union officials hit out at use of term to describe workers out for Covid reasons
“Covid-related shortages are not the result of ‘absenteeism’, which is defined as an avoidable absence from work.”
All time
# The Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Thursday
Your round-up of what made the headlines today.
# Overcrowding
Number of patients on hospital trolleys hits highest level since pandemic began
Today’s trolley figures have returned to similar pre-pandemic figures hit in 2019.
# HSE
Unions call for healthcare workers to not be exempt from five-day household Covid rule
Dr Colm Henry said the HSE is finalising its policy around this at the moment.
# University Hospital Limerick
Nurses 'at their wits’ end': Call for investigation of overcrowding at Limerick hospital
There is a total of 428 people on trolleys across the country today, with 70 of them in University Hospital Limerick.
# Overcrowding
Limerick Hospital records highest daily trolley figure ever with 95 patients waiting for beds
409 admitted patients were waiting for beds in hospitals across the country this morning.
# HSE's Winter Plan
Government's winter health plan labelled 'inadequate' by doctors' group
The €77-million plan aims to increase bed capacity, but questions have been raised about whether there will be additional staff.
# voluntary sector
Unions call for 3% pay increase for voluntary and community sector workers
Unions say the sector was severely hit by the recession and workers have not received a pay rise in 12 years.
# INMO
Student nurses Dáil protest: 'I know I'm not staying in Ireland - after I'm qualified, I'm gone'
Trade union representatives and opposition TDs said that paying student nurses was about securing the health service.
# Trolley crisis
October trolley watch stats show 'almost' double numbers this year than same period in 2020
INMO figures show that there are five times as many children on trolleys compared to October 2020.
# FRONTLINE WORKERS
Infection rate among healthcare staff moving in 'wrong direction' as INMO calls for booster doses
More than 1,800 healthcare workers are currently on Covid-related leave.
# Trolleys
Highest number of patients on trolleys since start of the pandemic
506 admitted patients were waiting for beds this morning.