560 patients waited on trolleys at University Hospital Waterford in August

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560 patients waited on trolleys at University Hospital Waterford in August

560 patients waited on trolleys at University Hospital Waterford in August

9,562 patients, including 48 children, were forced to wait without a bed at the country's hospitals in August this year – the highest number ever recorded in August, according to a new monthly analysis by the INMO.

University Hospital Waterford was one of the worst-affected hospitals with 561 patients forced to wait on trolleys for a bed in August.

The daily national trolley figure was higher every day in August than the same day in 2018, with an average daily total 28% higher than last year.

The worst affected hospitals this month were:

University Hospital Limerick: 1,197
Cork University Hospital: 1,051
University Hospital Galway: 655
South Tipperary General Hospital: 597
University Hospital Waterford: 561

INMO general secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha said: “This is the tragic ongoing reality in Ireland’s health service. To see nearly 10,000 patients on trolleys is bad in itself, but this is a summer month. These figures signal an even more dangerous winter when extra demands are typically placed on hospitals."

“At the core of the problem is staffing, as there are well over 1,300 nursing and midwifery vacancies across the This is no time for recruitment bans. Vacancies need to be filled so that patients get the care they need. The HSE’s recruitment ban has got to go.”