New figures show over 13,000 bed days were lost due to delayed discharges in local hospitals in the first half of the year.
The HSE figures show delays in discharging patients to step down care are having a serious impact on the number beds available in local hospitals.
These figures show 13,141 bed days were lost in hospitals, in Cavan, Navan, Drogheda and Sligo in the first six months of the year – over half of these were in Drogheda Hospital alone.
7,253 bed days were lost in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, with another 3,350 lost in Cavan General.
Our Lady’s in Navan lost 1,289 bed days, with Sligo University losing 1,249.
The HSE classifies a patient as being a delayed discharge when they no longer need to remain in a bed in an acute hospital but have no access to step down care, like nursing homes or residential care.
Fianna Fáil’s Brendan Smith has described the delays as “shocking” and says they send a clear signal that the Government’s health plan isn’t working.