The current hospital overcrowding crisis has left many A&E departments across the country operating at full capacity which has left many seriously ill patients waiting for an extensive waiting period which has been labelled as unacceptable.
However it seems the latest crisis has gotten even worse as it was revealed this week that a total of 70 children were forced to wait on trolleys at three of the nations biggest children’s hospitals.
According to latest figures by the INMO the figures which compiled over the past two weeks found that at least 70 children at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, the National Children’s Hospital Tallaght and Children’s University Hospital Temple Street were scandalously left waiting a number of hours before receiving any treatment.
Although the waiting list arose from unattainable circumstances the INMO say the situation is completely unacceptable and must be addressed immediately.
A spokesperson for the organisation who officially publishes an account on patient waiting lists said the current situation cannot be overlooked especially in regards to young children who are being left waiting in highly unsuitable conditions.
The spokesperson explained over the past two weeks young children who are seriously unwell have been forced to wait in an environments that they should never have to experience in a any situation.
Those who were unfortunately left in such environments will surely have an extra added fear and anxiety in regards to medical treatment in the future.
They added the department of health must address the ongoing annual overcrowding problem by adequately preparing for a probable scenario.