Midland Regional Hospital at Mullingar.

INMO call hospital overcrowding 'an out and out crisis'

According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, 838 patients are on a trolley in Irish hospitals today, Wednesday January 4.

There are 18 people on trolleys at the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar, including seven in the Emergency Department (ED), and 11 on wards.

No hospital is unaffected, with patients on trolleys or chairs in emergency departments or elsewhere in each of our hospitals.

INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said:

“We again repeat our call for the current approach of telling people just to avoid hospitals to cease The focus should be on providing supplemented emergency supports until the end of February.

“It is time for the Government to call this what it clearly is – an out and out crisis. A crisis warrants an extraordinary response from Government and the HSE.

“When nurses who are at the frontline dealing directly with patients and often the ones apologising to patients and their families on behalf of the State because of the chaotic conditions are calling on the Government to take action including but not limited to the immediate cessation of all non-urgent activity and the introduction of a time-limited mask mandate, then it must not continue to fall on deaf ears.

“Our members are treating patients in the most undignified conditions. This is not the type of care they should be providing in a country that has the resources to provide additional capacity and support.

“Nurses and other healthcare staff cannot continue to weather this storm without adequate support and protection from their employer, it will add to the increasing intention to leave of staff which is exactly what this health service does not need.”