Trol­ley cri­sis is now spread­ing to re­gional cen­tres

Irish Independent - - News | Health - Eil­ish O’Re­gan

SOME re­gional hospi­tals have seen the num­bers of pa­tients wait­ing for a bed soar since 2010, an anal­y­sis re­veals.

In 2010, South Tip­per­ary Hos­pi­tal had 13 pa­tients on trol­leys in Oc­to­ber, but last month this rose to 474.

Eight years ago there were 24 on trol­leys in St Luke’s Hos­pi­tal Kilkenny in Oc­to­ber, but this year it was 10 times higher.

Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal Water­ford recorded 111 on trol­leys in Oc­to­ber 2010 and last month it reached 512.

The spread of the trol­ley cri­sis across the coun­try will have to be tack­led in the HSE’s win­ter plan for the trol­ley cri­sis, as doc­tors warn hospi­tals are head­ing to­ward record lev­els of over­crowd­ing.

Mean­while, the Ir­ish Nurses and Mid­wives Or­gan­i­sa­tion (INMO) met with the HSE and De­part­ment of Health yes­ter­day to try to avert strike ac­tion.

The union said that a bal­lot for strike ac­tion will go ahead on Novem­ber 19 un­less there is progress in its pay de­mands.

A union spokesman ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment that “no pro­pos­als” were made at yes­ter­day’s meet­ing.

How­ever, the union said that it is avail­able to meet any day be­fore bal­lot­ing be­gins. It said progress must be made in re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion.

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