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Increased number of patients on trolleys a direct result of recruitment ban - Louise O'Reilly TD

5 September, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Sinn Féin health spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly has said it is completely abnormal for a health service to have 504 patients on trolleys in the first week of September and the increased number of patients on trolleys is a direct result of recruitment ban.

Speaking this afternoon, Teachta O’Reilly said:

“The Trolley watch count from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) indicates that there are currently 504 patients on trolleys in hospitals throughout the State this morning.

“On the same day last year there were 449 patients on trolleys, in 2017 it was 379, and 2016 only 299. The government have lost complete control of the health service and their efforts to clean up their own mistakes are only making matters worse.

“Only last week the INMO revealed that there are 1,300 nursing and midwifery posts vacant in our acute hospitals because of the government’s recruitment ban.

“It is completely abnormal for a health service to have 554 patients on trolleys in the first week of September. Make no doubt about it, the increased number of patients on trolleys is a direct result of recruitment ban.”

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