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Disgraceful: 551 people left in trolleys across emergency departments nationwide




09/07/2013 NEWS: Frankston Hospital

The overcrowding crisis in Irish hospitals gets worse with every passing day.

Latest figures released today reveal that as many as 551 people found themselves languishing in trolleys while waiting for a hospital bed to become available for them.

University Hospital Limerick had to cancel all non-urgent surgery and transfer some patients to other hospitals in Nenagh and Clare. 55 people were waiting in trolleys at the Limerick medical facility.

Other hospitals badly hit by overcrowding iclude Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown, with 45 people waiting in trolleys, and Beaumont Hospital which reported 48.

Letterkenny Hospital in Donegal said that 33 patients were waiting in temporary accommodation.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar attended a meeting with hospital managers yesterday to discuss a range of measures to attempt to alleviate the ongoing crisis.

For now, the scandalous situation of crowds of sick people waiting on trolleys in overcrowded environments continues nationwide.

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