Overcrowding at South Tipperary General Hospital amongst the highest in Ireland on Wednesday

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Overcrowding at South Tipperary General Hospital ranks amongst the highest in the country on Wednesday, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation's (INMO) trolley and ward watch figures.

There are 25 patients on trolleys and 16 patients on the ward at South Tipperary General Hospital, leaving it just behind University Hospital Limerick (63) and Cork University Hospital (43).

The nationwide figure for Wednesday is 526, an increase of 31% on the same day last year when there were 401 patients on trolleys. 

Last week, INMO General Secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha said “hospitals cannot cope, the system is unable to manage patient flow and the burden is falling on nursing and medical staff who are forced to work in intolerable conditions”.

She added: “Staff are constantly apologising to patients for the inhumane conditions in which they are forced to care for them and they cannot see any reprieve as we leave the winter period. 

“It is time for the Government as a whole to recognise that the health service is in crisis and requires immediate emergency intervention. 

"This is a national emergency inflicting indignity and unnecessary suffering on patients and subjecting nursing and medical and other staff to extraordinary health and safety risks.

“The INMO is again calling for the protocol applying to any emergency to be applied immediately. This should include utilisation of the private sector, cancellations of all elective day and inpatient procedures and concentration on de-escalation procedures. There must be an immediate focus on realistic recruitment and retention measures for nursing staff to prevent this situation continuing  to deteriorate”.

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