Patients left on trolleys at Sligo University and Cavan General Hospital last month were massively increased from 2018's figures.
In August 416 patients were treated on trolleys in Sligo University Hospital, the highest ever figure for the month. It was also an increase of 152 patients from the same month last year.
In Cavan General hospital 149 patients were treated on trolleys, a massive jump from just 13 patients in the same time frame last year.
Deputy Martin Kenny commented on the lack of prgoress with increasing bed numbers in the new HSE Capital Plan: “The plan does little to address the huge overcrowding in our hospitals. Project Ireland 2040 gave a commitment to increase bed numbers by 2,600 acute beds over ten years Sligo General Hospital, which had been promised more acute beds, is mentioned only in the context of such beds being at “design stage.”
Letterkenny and Galway hospitals also had marginal increases in trolley figures.
Each week the number of patients treated on trolleys are compiled by the INMO, they have noted a 20% increase in trolleys across all hospitals.
The INMO has described this as the tragic, ongoing reality in Ireland’s health service, and that because this is a summer month, it signals an even more dangerous winter, when extra demands are typically placed on hospitals.