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48 Patients on Trolleys in Beaumont Hospital today is not acceptable –Councillor Denise Mitchell

5 January, 2016 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Dublin Sinn Féin city councillor for Beaumont-Donaghmede ward Denise Mitchell and general election candidate for Dublin Bay North has said that it is unacceptable that there are 48 people waiting on Trolleys today in Beaumont Hospital with 558 across the state.

Speaking from Beaumont this evening, she said,

“Beaumont Hospital today has the highest number of patients waiting on hospital trolleys in the state

The Hospital is also asking people not to attend their emergency department due to the crisis.

This is not acceptable.

“It is quite clear that the government health strategy is not working. 

North Dublin has the highest number of citizens over the age of 65 in the state and the hospital is clearly not able to cope with the pressure that this brings.”

She further added:

“The shortage of nurses in the hospital has meant that wards and beds are closed.  If opened these beds could cater for some of those on trolleys.

The recruitment of nurses has not been adequate and this is part of the reason we see 48 patients on trolleys in Beaumont today.

The department of Health needs to get its act together so patient dignity can be restored to our hospitals.” 

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