The latest Trolley/Ward Watch figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation confirm over 57,600 patients admitted for care on trolleys in the first seven months of 2017.
However the figures also confirm that in the month of July there was a 6% reduction when compared to 2016.
The year to date figures confirm that a number of hospitals continue to endure ever increasing levels of overcrowding and these include University Hospital Galway which had 3,688 patients from January to July, up from 3,292 for the same period last year.
Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe had four times more patients on trolleys in the first seven months of 2017, compared to last year – up from 255 to 1248.
At Mayo University Hospital the figure had fallen this year to 769 from 1227 last year, while at Sligo University Hospital the figure fell from 1640 last year to 1297 this year.
The INMO say these figures, when taken with the recent record figures for numbers of people waiting for an outpatient appointment or procedure, once again confirms the lack of capacity, leading to lack of access, within our public health system.