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Record levels of overcrowding in Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan – Tóibín

3 July, 2017

Sinn Féin TD for Meath West, Peadar Tóibín TD has said that figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), showing record levels of overcrowding in Our Lady’s Hospital, are shocking.

The figures show that 116 people were on trolleys during the month of June, with an unprecedented 1183 people on trolleys during the first half of 2017, a huge jump from previous years.

Speaking today, Deputy Tóibín said:

“These figures show that amount of people who were forced to spend at least a night on a trolley in Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan. There has been a steady and worrying growth in this number over the past decade.

“Last month, 116 people had no option but to stay on trolleys. This is over twice the number compared to June 2016. 1183 people were forced to stay on hospital trolleys in the first six months of this year. This is almost four times the amount of people in the same period last year with 314 patients on trolleys from January to June 2016.

“These are shocking figures and the massive spike in figures is worrying in the extreme. The trend is seen across the nation and indicates the poor state of health of our health system – with chronic capacity issues and problems recruiting and retaining staff contributing to the chaos.

“Funding cuts and outworking of the recruitment embargo as well as bed closures and loss of staff have further eroded the capacity of our health system to deliver. Patients are at greater risk. Hard working staff are under even greater pressure.

“It is vital that Minister Harris acknowledges the extent of the problem and to bring forward emergency measure to the A&E Taskforce meeting today. His current approach is clearly not working. I am also urging Taoiseach Varadkar to prioritise investment in our health service above populist tax cuts in the upcoming budget.”

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