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Wednesday 6 December 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Trolley crisis

This year
Health minister tells taskforce that roster reform is needed to tackle hospital overcrowding
The Emergency Department TaskForce convened this afternoon to discuss lack of sufficient resources for patient numbers.
Start talks with private hospitals now to avoid disastrous winter, INMO chief to tell Minister
A report by
Eimer McAuley
Medical organisations are to warn Donnelly that by December ‘it will be too late’.
HSE boss: Flu, RSV and Covid figures at levels above Govt's 'most pessimistic modelling' for winter
Planning for next winter to begin early when health system is ‘over the worst’, says Stephen Mulvaney.
Health bosses will appear before the Oireachtas Health Committee today.
Covid, RSV and influenza continue to place significant pressure on GPs and hospitals.
HSE interim CEO to tell TDs that health service staff "do not believe this is acceptable".
Chief medical officer has not advocated for a mask mandate, says Taoiseach
Consultants warn of stark impacts for patients due to 'avoidable delays' in health system
All time
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.
Waiting list figures on the rise as more than 550,000 patients waiting for an appointment
The IHCA criticised the latest figures and said the Government had failed to meet its own 2019 targets.
Harris summoned before emergency Health Committee meeting as 621 people wait on trolleys
The INMO has called on the HSE to implement five new measures.
HSE trolley crisis: Recruitment freeze is 'starving frontline services of much-needed staff'
The INMO has said that “it’s not hard to join the dots” between delays in staffing and the current trolley crisis.
760 people on hospital trolleys for second day in a row as overcrowding continues
University Hospital Limerick is worst affected with 75 people on trolleys.
Trolley numbers for this year are the highest since records began, INMO says
The INMO said today that over 108,300 people have gone without beds so far this year.
Woman (70) ‘left for 105 hours on trolley’ in Limerick Hospital
The facility topped national charts for patients on trolleys in September.
Opinion: Changing the model of hospital care could help solve the trolley crisis
Why is the HSE doing the same thing repeatedly but expecting to get different results? writes Dr Cathal O’Sullivan
Opinion: The key to the trolley crisis lies in a statutory right to access home care
The home care sector is an outdated, bewildering and unfair patchwork of charities, HSE-funded programmes and for-profit carer agencies, writes Dr Domhnall McGlacken-Byrne
'A national crisis': Almost 8,000 people forced to wait on hospital trolleys and chairs last month
Some 68 children were among those waiting without a bed, according to the INMO.
Fianna Fáil criticises Government after 92-year-old woman spends 25 hours on hospital chair
Gladys Cummins was in the geriatric ward of the Mater Hospital for over a day.
There were a record 9,091 patients waiting on trolleys in Ireland's hospitals last month
The 9,091 figure represents a 12% jump from May 2017, and a massive 116% jump from the situation in 2006.
'It would not feel right': Simon Harris cancels St Patrick's Day trip away
Yesterday, the INMO said that there were 714 people on trolleys in hospitals across the country.
The government vowed to stop it, but 10,000 elderly people had to wait in A&E for more than a day
The HSE’s Service Plan for 2017 set a target that anyone aged 75 years and over entering an ED would be discharged or admitted within 24 hours.
'I waited in A&E with my 5-week-old baby for 36 hours'
The Children’s Hospital Group said there has been an increase in young children and infants presenting with the flu and respiratory infections.
Private hospital beds to be used to ease Emergency Department overcrowding
Many emergency departments are experiencing very high numbers of patients presenting at hospital.
Dr Anthony O'Connor: Things we could do to get more people off trolleys
They can be done and they must be done – we have to believe that, writes hospital consultant Dr Anthony O’Connor.
Hospital consultant: 'I'd like to dispel a few myths for people about overcrowding'
It’s a hospital overcrowding problem that has been decanted into the Emergency Department, writes Dr Anthony O’Connor.
'This isn't a trolley crisis - It's a system in meltdown': Minister's commitments 'worthless' say doctors
The Taoiseach apologised for the current crisis today, while Minister Simon Harris called it “unacceptable”.
Open letter to Simon Harris: 'Our dad provided good service to Irish State but ended up on a trolley'
His last days were prefaced by an extended period of unnecessary suffering in the Emergency Department of his local hospital.
'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.
Hundreds of surgeries cancelled nationwide as overcrowding crisis grips health system
Some patients will have to wait twice as long to be seen following cancellations due to overcrowding.
An Irish nurse: 'I began to hate my job. I questioned my career. There were days when I came home crying'
A former public sector nurse highlights the challenging working conditions she and her colleagues endured as they cared for patients.
How Ireland's hospitals are massaging the numbers of people on trolleys
A number of senior staff members have come forward to highlight how it’s done.
Fianna Fáil's new ad lashes Enda Kenny's infamous promise
Gerry Adams agrees with the sentiment.
Leo: If there was an overnight fix for the health service I would've implemented it
I’ve been in this job for 18 months and I can say with absolute certainty that if there was an overnight fix, I would have implemented it on day one, Leo Varadkar writes.
'Leo needs to accept he's not the David Attenborough of the health service'
Fianna Fáil says the Health Minister is “observing from a distance” rather than taking action.