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Beaumont employing emergency capacity protocols every other day – Mitchell

2 December, 2016 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin TD Denise Mitchell  has said it is unacceptable that patients are still suffering on trolleys in Beaumont Hospital, one of the biggest hospitals in the State. The high number of times the hospital has had to deal with overcrowding is not acceptable.

Denise Mitchell TD for Dublin Bay North stated:

“Through a parliamentary question to the Minister we have figures on the ‘Full Capacity Protocol’. This is an escalation plan for the placing of additional beds on inpatient wards and in hospital halls. We see within the figures that this protocol was used in Beaumont Hospital some 184 times from 1st January up until 16th November this year.

“This means that on 184 occasions this emergency full capacity measure was deployed in the Hospital. Of all the hospitals that have used this emergency measure, Beaumont was in the higher scale and was the highest among the Dublin hospitals listed.

“This again indicates the continuing problem in our health service. Being left in a hall way on a trolley is a horrendous situation to experience for any patient. We cannot leave people in these distressing situations. We need to invest in the public health service. We need to address the bed, as well as staff shortages throughout the HSE.” 

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