Perpetual “Winter-Like” Conditions Should Not Be Year Round Occurrence Says Nurses Union

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The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says it’s a cause of concern to be seeing such high trolley numbers in May.

It follows the publication of the nurses’ union’s latest trolleywatch analysis, which shows there were 504 patients waiting for a bed at hospitals across the country this morning.

University Hospital Limerick was by far the busiest in the country, as Clare FM’s Derrick Lynch reports.

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The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has warned that there has been no let-up for Irish nurses in Irish hospitals for a long time and say perpetual “winter-like” conditions should not be a year-round occurrence.

It comes as more than 500 patients were waiting for beds at hospitals across the country during morning rounds.

University Hospital Limerick was by far the busiest, with 87 on trolleys, which is in excess of three dozen more than any other facility.

The INMO has cited an unpublished independent report, provided by the HSE and published through freedom of information, which the union say has provided many invaluable recommendations that must be implemented.

The authors of the report recommended the practice of placing “any bed, anywhere, anytime” should not continue as it has clear negative consequences for patients and staff.

The HSE have stated that this report is no longer relevant because of COVID but the INMO says now would be the time to invite this expert team back to re-examine the overcrowding situation.

The INMO is now calling on the Government and HSE to urgently set out what they intend to do hospital-by-hospital to stem the pressure nurses, midwives and other healthcare staff are under.