66 beds closed in Sligo despite A&E crisis

Sixty six beds have been closed in Sligo General Hospital despite the fact that as recently as Thursday, January 6, 19 patients were left waiting on trolleys for a bed at the regional hospital.

Sixty six beds have been closed in Sligo General Hospital despite the fact that as recently as Thursday, January 6, 19 patients were left waiting on trolleys for a bed at the regional hospital.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) is calling on the Government to open closed beds immediately in order to deal with the current overcrowding crisis affecting hospitals around the country.

Following a nationwide survey, the INMO identified 1,672 beds closed, despite the fact that emergency departments are severely overcrowded at this time. Bed closures included 66 in Sligo General Hospital, 15 closures at Lisdarn Hospital, Cavan; 41 in-patient bed closures and 12 day ward bed closures at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar and 28 bed closures in Letterkenny General Hospital.

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