The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has called on the Government and HSE to take action in light of serious hospital overcrowding while COVID hospitalisations continue to increase.

INMO General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha says yet again, they are seeing abnormally high trolley numbers today, with 532 patients for whom there are no beds and that this is unacceptable at a time of year when overcrowding traditionally eases off.

She also says the Government must take certain steps to stem the worst of this crisis before the Dáil goes into recess later this week and has four key asks for the government.

1. Reintroduce mask wearing in indoor and congregated settings

2. Bring back COVID screening upon arrival to all hospitals when patients present to ED or for same day admission for elective care

3. Boosters for healthcare workers

4. Improve ventilation in healthcare

The call comes as hospitals across the region are experiencing significant overcrowding.

INMO Trolley Watch figures show 48 patients are on trolleys at both University Hospital Galway and Sligo University Hospital, the third highest waiting figures in the country.

There are 32 patients on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital while at Portiuncula hospital there are 12 patients waiting on trolleys for admission.

University Hospital Limerick are showing the highest number of patients waiting for admission with 76 waiting on trolleys today.

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