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Trolley waits rise for Irish A&E patients, warn unions

Almost 25,000 patients have been left to wait on trolleys in Irish hospitals during the last three months, according to nursing unions.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has assessed its trolley watch figures for the first three months of each of the last six years,

The INMO says it has recorded the figures at 8am in the same manner, every week day, since 2004. 

It claims the latest assessment shows that a record of almost 25,000 people were on trolleys, awaiting a bed, in the country’s accident and emergency departments during January, February and March.

The union has been campaigning against the closure of hospital beds over recent years, which it describes as having created a “chronic situation” that will get worse if ministers fail to halt service cuts.

INMO general secretary Liam Doran said: “This quarterly survey only reaffirms the need for immediate, effective and sustained measures to be introduced, which must include additional bed capacity, in order to alleviate this problem.”

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