94% increase in patients on trolleys at CUH ED last month – Cllr. Padraig O’Sullivan

December 3, 2018

- 932 patients left languishing on trolleys in Nov 2018 compared to 479 in Nov 2011

Fianna Fáil General Election Candidate for Cork East, Cllr. Padraig O’Sullivan has said that the numbers lying on trolleys at Cork University Hospital’s Emergency Department have grown by 94% over the seven years of Fine Gael’s time in government.

“We have had a 94% increase in the number of people on trolleys in the November ED figures since 2011 when 479 were on trolleys compared to 932 in 2018.

“Looking at the national figures, well over 100,000 people have now been left languishing on trolleys in the country’s emergency departments.

“The people of East Cork, and the wider Cork region, are being affected by this atrocious overcrowding. Many of the people on trolleys are older, highly vulnerable people who cannot afford to be left waiting in hospital corridors.

“This is the first time since records began that the number of hospital patients without beds in Ireland has exceeded 100,000. This means that patients all over Ireland are being subjected to waiting times never before seen. People are terrified of needing to go to their local emergency department. It also means that our doctors and nurses are working in often unbearable conditions.

“The way to address this overcrowding is two-fold. The first thing that must happen is that patients who can be treated in step down, non-acute facilities need to be discharged as soon as possible. Secondly, we need to see new acute beds brought on stream as soon as possible.

“The Government supposedly has a plan to increase bed numbers but nothing will happen for a number of years. This cannot be allowed. We need HSE management to look at every hospital and identify quick-wins i.e. where can we add in one, two or three extra beds right now.

"Long gone are the days of Health Ministers saying overcrowding is a winter phenomenon due to seasonal flu. This is a yearlong crisis which peaks during the winter months. I applaud the work being done by the medical professionals under these horrendous circumstances but I dread to think what the rest of December will bring and I fear for the safety of patients", concluded Cllr. O’Sullivan 

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