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12 January 2018, 09:33 | Opal Carroll
South Tipperary General Hospital
In the right and centre, Billy Kelleher TD commented on the 656 people waiting for a bed in hospitals yesterday, the highest number since records began. During a visit to Hungary, the Taoiseach expressed regret and frustration at the situation, and over the fact that there has not been an improvement despite increased investment over the last three years.
It said: "The shameful situation being experienced this week has its roots in years of underinvestment and cutbacks across the health service".
The second highest rate of overcrowding this week was at St Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny, with 191 patients on trolleys, followed by Cork university Hospital with 136 patients.
The Clinical Director of Temple Street Children's University Hospital has said the flu virus has not reached its peak, and she appealed to parents with children who may have the flu to be cognisant.
Simon Harris took to Twitter to thank healthcare staff working in "difficult circumstances" as figures revealed high numbers of patients waiting for a bed in hospitals across the country today.
The figures come as the INMO's annual figures show that nearly 100,000 people were waiting on a trolley or on a ward previous year.
Its CEO, Sean Moynihan, said: "With 20,000 people turning 65 years of age each year, our current health system is not equipped to deal with this".
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Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, Damien McCallion said the measures included the rescheduling of some elective surgeries and increasing the access of hospital patients to home care.
"An increase in a nurse's workload, by one patient, increases the likelihood of an inpatient dying within 30 days of admission by 7%".
Two hospitals have put visiting restrictions in place following a number of cases of flu.
He said the crisis is due to the fact that acute hospital in-patient bed numbers were cut by 1,400 in the past decade when they should, at a minimum, have been increased in tandem with the country's growing and ageing population trends.
However in a statement to the Limerick Post, a hospital spokeswoman said: "the number of nursing vacancies at UL Hospitals Group is at an all-time low following successful national and global recruitment campaigns.
Despite investment in winter plans, smaller hospitals are now severely overcrowded which is manifestly unsafe and leads to higher cross infection and poorer outcomes for patients", she said.
Some 98,981 admitted patients were recorded as awaiting a hospital bed.
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