There are 29 patients on trolleys waiting for admission to Mayo University Hospital today, the third highest number in the country, according to the latest trolley watch figures from the INMO.

The high number on trolleys comes a week after the long-awaited modular unit was delivered to Mayo University Hospital, to provide extra bed capacity. However, the temporary unit will not be operational until later this month.

But the number of patients waiting on trolleys for admission to the hospital is simply not acceptable, according to the Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District Blackie Gavin.

The Fianna Fail councillor is also a member of the HSE West Forum and he told Midwest News today that he is calling on the CEO of Saolta, Tony Canavan to issue a statement on why such overcrowding is happening at Mayo University Hospital and why there wasn’t better planning by hospital management.

Meanwhile there are 11 patients on trolleys  at Sligo University Hospital today, 10 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe and 4 patients on trolleys at UHG.



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