The INMO have appealed to the HSE to take Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda off-call for emergency ambulance calls due to the high number of patients currently waiting on trolleys in the emergency department.
According to INMO 50 people are currently waiting on trolleys for beds on wards.
INMO Industrial Relations Officer Tony Fitzpatrick released a statement regarding the issue saying the nurse-to-patient ratio is putting people at risk of “compromised care”. He said: “There is disgraceful overcrowding. To care for patients safely and to comply with the LRC agreement of last week, there should be 16 nurses on duty to care for emergency department and admitted patients but there are only nine.” He went onto say the INMO has asked the HSE to take the hospital off-call for emergency ambulance calls for the time being”. The move comes after the union held discussions at the Labour Relations Commission just last week were hospital management agreed to recruit an extra 88 nurses at the hospital in an effort to alleviate pressure on over-crowding.
The HSE have also released a statement regarding the issue in which they said the number of people in the emergency department in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda has since been reduced. They also say that the situation will continue to be monitored by the senior management team.