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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Overcrowding

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# Overcrowding
Patients placed on chairs and beds in corridors of Waterford psychiatric unit
A 16-year-old patient spent the night in a chair at the adult psychiatric unit last week.
# record highs
These are the most overcrowded hospitals in the country
There’s been an improvement in Dublin, but things are getting worse in other counties.
# Trolleywatch
'Groundhog Day' as month begins with 600 people on hospital trolleys
The figure of 601 is just short of the high of 612 patients on trolleys at the beginning of January.
# Hospital overcrowding
'If this many people were dying in another way, there’d be war over it'
What do doctors and nurses want done to tackle hospital overcrowding and record numbers on trolleys? More beds, for starters.
# left idle
'Not a single patient in the building': PAC to investigate €7 million overspend at Tipperary Hospital
The PAC will write to the HSE to demand a “full explanation” on the situation.
# Riot
26 dead as gangs behead inmates in Brazilian prison massacre
Officials said members of two drug gangs clashed violently after coming out of different parts of the prison.
# Overcrowding
Alan Kelly says his prediction of 'hell in our hospitals' has come true
He wants private hospital facilities to be used to help ease the pressure on emergency departments in public hospitals.
# Trolley Watch
There has actually been a slight drop in people on hospital trolleys this year
While the numbers on trolleys is down 1% this year, figures for November were described as “particularly alarming”.
# mercy
A Cork hospital is so busy with emergencies it's asking patients to stay away
Patients are experiencing long delays at Mercy University Hospital’s emergency department.
# Delays
Ambulances taking over an hour to hand over patients and get back on the road
The delays in turnaround times are being blamed on overcrowding issues in hospitals.
# South Korea
Mers virus transmitted from one 'super-spreader patient' in overcrowded emergency room
The 35-year-old man infected 82 people including other patients, healthcare workers and visitors.
# Ireland's Alcatraz
Locked up for years for stealing a handkerchief - Delving into Spike Island's dark past
The prison was intended only as a temporary response to increased criminality during the famine, but remained open for 36 years.
# Overcrowding
Patients left lying on trolleys while 40-bed unit remains vacant at nearby hospital
Yesterday there were 20 patients on trolleys at Tipperary General Hospital.
# Crisis Talks
Nurses to be hired "as matter of urgency" to reduce emergency department overcrowding
The decision was made at the Workplace relations Commission today.
# Overcrowding
Varadkar 'embarrassed and ashamed' by elderly man's death after 12 hours on hospital trolley
Eddie Moloney died from a brain haemorrhage beside a blaring TV at University Hospital Limerick.
# Overcrowding
Varadkar defends comments about extra resources making hospitals slow down
The minister said he accepted that overcrowding can also delay patient treatment.
# Overcrowding
Non-urgent surgeries cancelled at Cork and Dublin hospitals
Procedures have been cancelled at Cork University Hospital, as well as the Beaumont and Mater hospitals in Dublin.
# Dublin
One of Dublin city's main hospitals is telling emergency patients to stay away
The Mater Hospital says it’s experiencing “very high numbers”.
# Overcrowding
Thursday's strike action by nurses has been called off
Nurses in emergency departments will now be balloted on revised proposals.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Friday
The discovery of a body in Limerick, a rally on Moore Street and an attack on an Egyptian hotel.
# Overcrowding
‘Sensible people are putting their health at risk’ – Patients going to GPs when they need emergency treatment
Meanwhile, doctors are being balloted on industrial action at University Hospital Limerick.
# five year plan
'Even if I got a cheque for €100 million - I couldn't fix this overnight'
Leo Varadkar’s comments follow days of controversy regarding overcrowding at Irish hospitals, and come ahead of a nursing strike next week.
# Overcrowding
Varadkar to nurses: Planned strike will compromise patient safety
The INMO strike will see rolling two hour stoppages at emergency departments on 14 January.
# Overcrowding
'It's absolute bedlam' - nurses' strike set to go ahead as 372 reported on hospital trolleys yesterday
The INMO believes there is “a tolerance of emergency department overcrowding”.
# Overcrowding
"The most patient group of public servants ever known to mankind"
Strike action is set to take place on 15 December.
# emergency situation
Health service scandals: Leo Varadkar faced some tough questions today
The health minister said that he has “no doubt” that many more such stories will come to light in the months to come.
# Walkout
Watch: Not one, but two TDs have just been thrown out of the Dáil for getting very angry
Independent TD Finian McGrath became irate following the Taoiseach’s initial response to questioning regarding overcrowding in emergency departments. Jerry Buttimer soon followed.
# Drogheda
'Strong possibility' of strike action after cancer patient left on trolley for five days
The man was one of 40 in need of a bed in the overcrowded Emergency Department in Our Lady of Lourdes.
# Milltown School Initiative
"There would be people who still don't know whether they've got a place or not"
A busy area in South Dublin has no primary school for its 4,000 residents.
# Trolley Watch
Dublin hospital has highest number of patients on trolleys
The INMO has said the latest trolley figures are “a damning indictment of our society”.
# Overcrowding
Leo wants no more than 90 people on trolleys for more than nine hours by the end of 2015
Hospital waiting lists and overcrowding are among the biggest problems facing the health service.
# Tick tock
76,666: the exact number of people waiting for hospital treatment right now
The Health Minister says he’s working on it but the waiting lists have swelled by almost a third since this time last year.
# another crisis?
Hundreds on trolleys again, as hospitals deal with influx of flu cases
INMO figures show there were 518 people waiting on trolleys in emergency departments and on wards yesterday.
# the surge
Beaumont to increase emergency staff levels, as deal reached with nurses
INMO members voted unanimously in favour of industrial action at the height of the overcrowding crisis earlier this month.
'Elderly patients are being kept on trolleys for days'
Nurses brought their anger at overcrowding to the gates of the Dáil today.
# Overcrowding
Nurses at Galway University Hospital are going on a work-to-rule
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said significant progress had been made in tackling the country’s overcrowding issues.
# Overcrowding
Nurses from Beaumont will protest at the gates of their own hospital today
This comes in a week when the number of patients on trolleys around the country passed 600 for the first time.
# Overcrowding
Leo Varadkar 'needs to stop being a commentator'
The Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has slammed the Health Minister in the wake of the hospital overcrowding crisis.
# going to get worse
'I'm sick to death of this problem' - Varadkar speaks out on A&E crisis
The Health Minister said the problem is going to get worse next week.
# Waiting Times
Irish hospitals aren't the only ones dealing with an overcrowding crisis
It’s a very similar story in England.