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Monday 27 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

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# Overcrowding
GPs: We can't take on hospital overflow - we're overwhelmed already
Comments from GPs come after it emerged there are record numbers of people waiting on trollies in hospitals around the country.
# Overcrowded
HSE: Don't come to Mullingar hospital ED unless absolutely necessary
The hospital said it needs the facilities it has to deal with any emergencies that might arise later this evening.
# Emergency Department
Beaumont Hospital only admitting 'urgent' emergency cases due to overcrowding
Yesterday there were 45 people on trolleys.
# Overcrowding
There are currently 3,739 prisoners in Ireland - and we can't take many more
The average capacity is 91%.
# Overcrowding
7,000 emergency department patients were on trolleys last month
The INMO said it is concerned about hospitals coping with the winter demand.
# Trolleywatch
"Deplorable overcrowding": Dozens on trolleys in Limerick hospital
The INMO said today that the Major Emergency Plan should have been implemented at the hospital today, with 47 people on trolleys in the Emergency Department this morning.
# midlands regional
'Overcrowded and clinically dangerous': Nurses criticise conditions at Mullingar hospital
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has called on the HSE to immediately recruit more staff at MRHM.
# Hospitals
Galway nurses to protest 'severe overcrowding' in Emergency Department
The INMO said today nurses are finishing shifts “in a distressed state, experiencing burnout and frustration at the lack of action”.
# Overcrowding
'Winter is coming' and nurses say Irish hospitals are not prepared
Figures show there was a 19% increase in the number of patients on trolleys compared to last year.
# Overcrowding
Nurses to protest at Drogheda Hospital today
Nurses say overcrowding levels are dangerous.
# share your story
Open thread: What's your experience with hospital overcrowding?
Just last month more than 5,500 patients admitted found themselves on a trolley or in an emergency department.
# Our Lady of Lourdes
Nurses report 'dangerous' patient overcrowding at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
INMO is calling for the Drogheda hospital’s emergency department to be taken off call for 48 hours to ease the strain.
# Overcrowding
The UN says Ireland's prisons are 'inhuman'
“Chronic” overcrowding, “poor” cell conditions and the “inhuman” practice of slopping out – the UN says our prisons really need to step up.
# Overcrowding
Trolleys 'overflowing' onto corridors at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
The HSE acknowledged that the hospital was “exceptionally busy” today and said measures have been put in place to address the high patient numbers.
# Overcrowding
Women's prison population one third over capacity
Poor living conditions and substandard visiting conditions in state’s two female prisons.
# full capacity
Limerick prison still 'chronically overcrowded' despite report signalling improvements
Today Minister Shatter said a new wing in the prison will be built with capacity for 100 male and 50 female prisoners.
# hiring
Tallaght hospital to recruit 29 new staff
The decision was made after a meeting in the hospital this morning.
# Messy Monday
'I was asking to get out and nothing was done' - girl tells of Coppers crush
With seven people having been injured, one reveller told a radio station what the scene was like.
'HSE says hospital overcrowding is improving, that's not what we're hearing'
The IAEM says the number of trolley inpatients in wards has increased since last year, not decreased.
# Trolleys
Reilly 'acknowledges discomfort and distress' of patients on trolleys
Reilly was challenged by Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher in the Dáil today after it emerged almost 400 people were on trolleys across the country in one day this week.
# Overcrowding
Almost 60,000 people waited on trolleys in Emergency Departments last year
New figures show the level of overcrowding at hospitals around the country.
# Overcrowding
374: Number of patients on hospital trolleys at highest in months
There are 374 patients on trolleys in Ireland today – the highest figure since April last year.
# Overcrowding
Big increase in number of women being sent to jail
The number of women being sent to jail has increased by one third in the last three years, while the number of men being imprisoned has levelled off.
# mccollum connolly
'Peru 2' transferred to prison notorious for overcrowding
Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid have been transferred from a low security facility, and could now be sharing a cell with as many as 38 other inmates.
# Prison
'Constant and unacceptable level of overcrowding' at Cork prison
In a series of reports, one committee boasted about the lack of suicide attempts at one prison in Dublin.
# Prison
Family of Gary Douch plead for closure in Mountjoy death probe
New hearings as part of an inquiry into the circumstances of his death are to be held.
# Healthscare
A&E wards could be shut over looming staff shortages, doctors warn
The Irish Association for Emergency Medicine says emergency wards are already stretched, and it’ll get worse in July…
# Ward Watch
Nurses to track hospital overcrowding
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) is to launch Ward Watch, a new initiative, this morning.
# Overcrowding
Emergency medics lash out as trolley numbers hit eight-month high
The Irish Association of Emergency Medicine criticises the failure to end waits on trolleys, as 385 wait for admission.
# Cuts
'Grave concerns' over controversial HSE plan to fire hospital staff
The HSE has produced a report which proposes getting rid of all agency staff in three hospitals – but the plan has drawn harsh criticism.
# Prisons
Prisoners on temporary release will 'pose no risk to public' insists Shatter
Justice Minister Alan Shatter was responding to concerns over a new scheme that will see 150 prisoners on temporary release at any one time.
# Prisons
Dramatic 45 per cent increase in numbers sent to prison
However, the number of prison staff has actually fallen over the last five years.
# Overcrowding
Hospital warns of overcrowding crisis - and asks public to stay away
The Mid Western Regional Hospital has said patients should only come to its emergency department in cases of “urgent need”.
Column: 7 essential ways to fix our broken prison system
Our prisons have become pressure cookers, bursting at the seams and increasingly difficult to police. Eoin O’Carroll sets out new ideas for reform.
# Prisons
Call for radical change in Irish prison policy
A report by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice shows the extent of overcrowding and drug-use in Irish prisons. There was an average of 800 people in prison per day in 1970 – this grew to 4,290 in 2010.
# Prisons
Inspector's report finds Limerick Prison 'has made progress'
A report by the Inspector of Prisons earlier this year had found that Limerick Prison was not fit for purpose and needed a ‘regime change’.
# Prison Conditions
Government considering construction of replacement Cork prison
Minister for Justice Alan Shatter says that building a new prison facility in Cork could comprehensively tackle overcrowding and the ongoing practice of ‘slopping out’.
# Children
Paediatric emergency ward overcrowding at 'alarming levels', warns health group
The Irish Association for Emergency Medicine says paediatric emergency dept overcrowding has risen 700 per cent in three years.
# Overcrowding
Limerick Hospital so overcrowded that it is “unsafe”
Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation have called on the HSE to implement the major disaster plan to deal with the overcrowding.
# Closure
Emergency department shutdown 'will worsen overcrowding' in Cork
A local doctor has expressed fears over the closure at the city’s South Infirmary, which was announced today.