• The overcrowding crisis continues at Galway University Hospital, with 43 patients on trolleys today.

    Yesterday there were 50 patients on trolleys at the Galway Hospital, and the full capacity protocol was put in place, with people urged to contact their GP before attending the Emergency Department.

    Today, there are 465 patients on hospital trolleys across the country, according to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation.

    Galway University Hospital is the third most overcrowded with 43 patients waiting for a bed, with 15 people on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital and 4 at Mayo University Hospital.



  • There's a warning that overcrowded hospital emergency departments and staff shortages are putting patients at risk.

    The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation say HSE figures show there's a current shortage of over 200 nurses in Emergency Departments countrywide.

    There are 159 unfilled vacancies, while the HSE estimates an additional 57 nurses are required within emergency departments to care for admitted patients for whom there are no beds.

    The INMO says low pay and poor working conditions are making it hard to recruit and retain staff in emergency departments.

    Over this past month, there were over 7,000 admitted patients on hospital trolleys - an increase of 11% on July last year, and the most overcrowded July since records began.

    There were 457 patients on trolleys this month at Galway University Hospital - one of the four most overcrowded hospitals in the country.

    The INMO says overcrowding is now a constant feature of our hospital system - even in Summer.

  • The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation claims 2018 was the worst year on record for hospital overcrowding.

    Almost seven and a half thousand patients waited without a bed at Galway University last year, making it the third worst hospital affected nationally.

    New analysis from the INMO said in excess of 108,000 patients went without hospital beds last year - a record high.

    The figures are a 9% increase on 2017, which was itself a record high.

    This is nearly double the number in 2006 (55,720), when INMO records began.

    It blames overcrowding on low capacity and understaffing.

    The INMO said it has asked the Government to work with it to try to resolve problems with recruitment and retention in nursing.

    It says this has not happened, and that 95% of INMO nurses and midwives voted in favour of industrial action.

    The INMO executive will meet next week to set dates for strike action.

  • The modular unit, which was promised two years ago to relieve overcrowding at Mayo University Hospital's Emergency Department, will still not be in place this Winter.

    The Health Minister announced the measure in 2016 to help tackle overcrowding, but it has now emerged that planning permission has not yet been sought for a modular unit at the Castlebar hospital.

    Fianna Fail Councillor Michael Loftus says it's a disgrace that, as we head into another Winter, the facility is not yet available.

    Councillor Loftus attempted to raise the matter at this week's meeting of the HSE Regional Forum, but told Midwest News he was unsuccessful in doing so.

    He says it's unfair on the people of Mayo that the promised modular unit has not yet been put in place.

  • 623 people are on trolleys in hospitals across the country today. 

    That includes 32 patients at Sligo University Hospital, 29 at University Hospital Galway, 4 at Mayo University Hospital and 4 at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

    According to the INMO, the worst affected is Cork University Hospital with 58 people waiting on beds. 

    It's followed by University Hospital Limerick where 55 patients are on trolleys.

  • At the annual Prison Officers Association Conference taking place today in Sligo the issue of overcrowding in Irish prisons was again back on the agenda. 
    Tony Power, President of the Prisoners Officers Association told Midwest News that prisoners’ sleeping on mattresses on floors is becoming an all too common sight again , yet he said, our open Centers remain below capacity.

    He gave an example of  one landing at the Midlands Prison, initially designed to hold 38 prisoners, is now regularly accommodating  prisoner numbers in excess of 65 and this is mirrored in many of the prisons
    Overcrowding puts both prisoners and prison officers at unnecessary risk, he stated and that is not unacceptable.

  • The overcrowding crisis continues at hospitals across the country this afternoon, with University Hospital Galway having the highest number of patients on trolleys.

    There are 51 patients on trolleys at University Hospital Galway this afternoon.

    Nationally there are 614 patients waiting on a trolley for a bed this afternoon.

    There are 34 patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital today, 13 at Mayo University Hospital and 7 at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.