2018 has seen the worst October on record for hospital overcrowding, with 9,055 admitted patients forced to wait on trolleys and chairs for beds in hospitals right across the country.
This is over twice (+124%) the numbers on trolleys when the INMO Trolley Watch began in 2006.
Sligo University Hospital has seen a dramatic rise in the number of patients on trolleys last month, compared to the same month last year. The figure has jumped to 454 from 193.
University Hospital Limerick had over a thousand patients on trolleys last month – the highest in the country. This is the equivalent of Limerick’s total bed capacity twice over.
Five hospitals saw over 500 patients on trolleys last month including University Hospital Galway at 716, that’s up from 679 in October 2017.
There were 166 patients waiting on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital last month, up from 152 last year.
Ballymote based Fianna Fail councillor Keith Henry is a member of the HSE West Forum and he says the figures in Sligo are of concern to the people of the region, considering that the situation is set to get much worse when the flu/ winter season peaks.