Latest figures published by Irish Nurses' and Midwives' Organisation

There are 30 patients waiting for a bed at Donegal's largest hospital, according to the nurses' union.

The Irish Nurses' and Midwives' Organisation (INMO) has today published new figures to highlight the ongoing overcrowding crisis in hospitals across the country and these claim to show that there are seven people on trolleys and 23 in wards at Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH).

Today's total of 30 is 500 per cent higher than LUH's tally of five on May 1.

Letterkenny University Hospital.

The INMO states that today's nationwide figure is 509, an increase of 26 per cent on the same day last year when there were 404 patients on trolleys.

The 509 patients, including five children, are waiting for a bed in hospitals throughout Ireland with the figure of 49 at Cork University Hospital said to be the highest in the country.

The HSE produces its own figures and these typically to do not tally with those of the INMO and are usually lower.

The HSE today claims the LUH figure is 15 and the national total is 372.

Unlike like the INMO's figures, the HSE's TrolleyGar figures do not give the number of patients who have been placed on wards, but are waiting for admission for a bad, having already been admitted from an emergency department.

The INMO report counts the number of patients for whom a decision to admit has been made, but who are still waiting for a bed at 8am.

It records those patients who have been moved to wards or onto trolleys but who are still waiting for a bed.

These patients, who are regularly categorised as being “on trolleys”, have not been allocated a ward bed, and typically have to wait along corridors but are also moved between general locations where space allows.

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