97,280 patients on trolleys so far this year - Louise O'Reilly TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health, Louise O’Reilly TD, has said that the inability of the Government to address the trolley crisis means it is almost guaranteed that the number of patients on trolleys in hospitals across the state, will surpass 100,000 in 2017.
This is the first time, since the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) started collecting this data, that patient numbers have reached this level.
Teachta O’Reilly said:
“So far this year there have been 97,280 patients left on trolleys. The Trolley Watch figures collected and relayed by the INMO are evidence that the Government’s policies are failing and they are not addressing this public health scandal.
“With twelve days left in 2017 the number of patients on trolleys has already surpassed the total for the whole of 2016 by a staggering 3,659.
"If the next twelve days of December are to continue similar to the start of the month, then it is almost guaranteed that the number of patients on trolleys in hospitals across the state in 2017 will surpass 100,000.
“As disgraceful as the number of patients on trolleys have been over the past number of years, never before has the total for a year surpassed 100,000.
“All year I have been saying that if Minister Harris is serious about addressing the issues which create this crisis, then he needs to tackle four main areas: recruitment and retention of staff, reopening closed beds, adequate step down facilities, and proper primary and community care.
“However, little has been done in any of these areas and the proof is the 97,280 people left on trolleys so far this year."