Trolley numbers at the country’s hospitals have reached their highest level in ten months.
The INMO’s latest figures also show the region’s main hospital is again suffering from the highest level of overcrowding, with 59 patients on trolleys there.
It comes as a former former Clare TD is calling for a vote of no confidence in the Health Minister, in light of the ongoing trolley crisis.
Clare FM’s Fiona McGarry reports:
Trolley numbers at the country’s hospitals have today passed 600 for the first time since last March.
That’s according to the INMO’s Trolleywatch statistics, which also show 59 patients were waiting for beds at University Hospital Limerick this morning, 43 of them in the Emergency Department.
The overall figure is the highest of any hospital in Ireland.
Last year saw record numbers on trolleys across the country and nurses have warned that the situation will worsen in the coming months, as the flu season begins to take hold.
The ongoing crisis has prompted a call from a former Clare TD for a vote of no confidence in the Health Minister.
Members of Clare County Council will hold their first meeting of 2019 this afternoon, where they’ll consider the call from Ennis Independent Councillor James Breen.
He says now is the time for action.