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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Overcrowding

This month
January 2023
# overcrowding crisis
Protests take place against overcrowding at 17 hospitals
Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Limerick to protest the high levels of overcrowding at UHL.
# 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.
# Overcrowding
Minister says patients that could be treated in minor injury units are turning up in A&E Depts
Stephen Donnelly says having more senior decision makers on site over the weekend will ramp up hospital discharges.
# SIPTU
Paramedics to vote on industrial action up to and including strike action
Siptu members of the National Ambulance Service will receive ballot papers next week.
# Overcrowding
Number of patients waiting for beds in Irish hospitals falls again, INMO figures show
The head of the Saolta Hospital Group has warned of ‘a difficult month ahead’ for hospital emergency departments.
# winter surge
CMO warns parents to keep sick kids at home while consultant says patients 'at risk' due to trolley crisis
A consultant in emergency medicine has warned of the impact of the pressures facing the healthcare system.
# midwest
Explainer: What is going on with overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick?
A major internal incident was declared at the hospital yesterday as it became overwhelmed by patient numbers.
# 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’.
# Overcrowding
INMO warns of 'dangerous overcrowding' at Mater hospital
Nurses say the emergency department at the hospital is no longer safe for patients.
# 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.
# Overcrowding
Over 60% acute hospitals operating at unsafe bed occupancy levels
Five hospitals had an average monthly bed occupancy of 100% or more from January to March 2022.
# Overcrowding
Patient care in University Hospital Limerick ED compromised due to overcrowding
A HIQA inspection has found that the health and welfare of people receiving care in the department was at risk.
# Overcrowding
INMO warns of 'real problem along western seaboard' with record-breaking overcrowding
There was record-breaking overcrowding in University Hospital Limerick in April.
# Mayo
Mayo hospital staff face 'extraordinary and overwhelming' conditions as Covid cases mount
The INMO said face mask mandates need to be reintroduced.
# Overcrowding
Limerick hospital defers most elective activity due to Covid and 'surge' in ED presentations
A record 100 patients were on trolleys in corridors today in the hospital’s Emergency Department and on general wards.
# 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.
# Overcrowding
Ambulances queue outside overcrowded Limerick emergency department as trolley crisis continues
One source said ambulance crews were “marooned” in the hospital today as there weren;t enough trolleys to hand patients over to staff.
# Overcrowding
Mater Hospital asks public to avoid emergency department as Covid-19 patients rise
Nearly 600 people were waiting in hospitals around the country for a bed this morning.
# Overcrowding
Excess deaths of 360 a year due to A&E delays in Ireland may be 'significant underestimate'
A new UK report highlights the importance of keeping wait times down in EDs.
A new study has suggested that one extra death may be caused for every 82 people waiting more than five hours.
The Irish Association for Emergency Medicine has said that five hour waits are "normal" within Irish hospitals.
Investment in beds is what's needed according to doctors, writes Rónán Duffy.
Dr Anthony O'Connor: History matters, but the record numbers on trolleys should trump commemoration debates
'I'm exhausted': Frustration in the Mater Hospital's 'rammed' Emergency Department
All time
# 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.
# 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.
# Overcrowding
Are you a healthcare worker worried about hospitals this winter? We want to hear your story
We want to get a sense of the difficulties staff are facing as hospitals fill up. Tell us your story.
# Hospitals
'Staff are beyond breaking point': Government accused of leaving health service vulnerable
Taoiseach Micheal Martin said said that close to 938 beds are to be ‘delivered’ by the end of the year.
# Overcrowding
'Extremely dangerous': Overcrowding at Cork University Hospital reaches pandemic peak
The INMO stated that 63 patients were waiting on trolleys in CUH today.
# University Hospital Limerick
'Something has to give': INMO asks Health Minister to intervene at overcrowded Limerick hospital
Members say that UHL had 52 patients on trolleys this morning, despite gaining more than 110 new beds since January.
# Health Service
INMO seeks emergency meeting with HSE to tackle 'hazardous' hospital overcrowding
The union said that some hospitals are approaching pre-pandemic levels of overcrowding.
# Overcrowding
Ireland's hospitals are more overcrowded than at any point since pandemic began, INMO warns
376 admitted patients went without beds across Ireland this morning.
# Emergency Department
'Significant' demand for beds at Limerick Hospital from people who had Covid, but still need to recover
The hospital group responded to calls from the INMO for a Hiqa investigation into overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick
# Limerick
People urged to avoid Limerick Hospital ED due to 'unprecedented level' of patient presentations
A total of 283 patients attended the Limerick ED in the 24 hours to 8am today.
# Trolleys
Over 53,000 patients went without beds in Irish hospitals in 2020, INMO says
The organisation said hospital overcrowding is “unacceptable at the best of times, but it is doubly so when dealing with a contagious virus”.
Voices
Dr Anthony O'Connor: History matters, but the record numbers on trolleys should trump commemoration debates
Why are we fighting the battles of the past rather than honouring the ideals of the Republic?
# Overcrowding
'I'm exhausted': Frustration in the Mater Hospital's 'rammed' Emergency Department
The Mater was the hospital with the highest number of patients on trolleys in Dublin yesterday morning, according to the INMO.
# Health Service
It's the worst ever day for trolley overcrowding in Irish hospitals since records began, INMO says
There were 92 patients waiting for a bed at University Hospital Limerick, alone.
# Overcrowding
HSE can't 'willy-nilly' hire whoever they want, Harris says
The government has repeatedly said a recruitment freeze is not in operation.
# Hospital overcrowding
'A national scandal': 2019 was the worst year on record for hospital overcrowding as 118,000 went without a bed
Over 1,300 of the patients were children younger than 16.
# Overcrowding
'Absolutely shambolic': Commuters slam Irish Rail call for Dart users to stagger morning journeys
The PeakTime website was launched to try to reduce overcrowding on carriages during rush-hour.
# Overcrowding
Patients on trolleys moved from overcrowded Limerick ED after unannounced fire officer visit
The senior fire officer visited after concerns were raised about the number of trolleys in corridors in the ED.