Decrease in levels of overcrowding in local hospitals in first 6 months of 2017

There’s been a decrease in levels of overcrowding in local hospitals in the first six months of this year.

4,341 patients were left on trolleys or admitted to overcrowded wards between January and June.

Nationally, over 51,000 patients were left on trolleys or admitted to overcrowded wards in the first 6 months of 2017

The figures from medical union, the INMO, show that University Hospital Limerick was the worst affected.

Locally, at Cavan General Hospital, 185 patients were left on trolleys or admitted to overcrowded wards in the first 6 months of 2017, a decrease of 398 when compared with the same period last year.

The only hospital to see an increase in patients being admitted was Our Lady’s in Navan, 1,183 patients were on trolleys or admitted to overcrowded wards, an increase of 869 when compared with the same period in 2017.

Elsewhere, at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, there were 1,746 patients waiting on trolleys in the first six months of 2017, compared to 2,852 patients last year.

The INMO say national figures represent further evidence that our health service, simply cannot cope with the demands being placed upon it.