Hospital bed crisis ‘appalling’ as 40 wait

Inishowen Councillor Padraig MacLochlainn is to raise the hospital beds crisis with the Minister for Health today as 40 people awaited beds at Letterkenny General Hospital yesterday.

A total of 18 people were on trollies in the Emergency Department while 22 waited on a bed in wards at the hospital yesterday, the highest since records began to be kept.

Speaking to the Journal yesterday, Deputy MacLochlainn said he has submitted a request to have the issue debated with Minister Leo Varadkar under urgent business.

He pointed out how Letterkenny Hospital sees over 20,000 inpatients go through it ever year, making it the seventh largest hospital in the State. Mr. MacLochlainn said that in this respect, this “considerable” hospital proportionately has the lowest budget in the entire State and the lowest number of medical staff. He described the current beds situation as “appalling”.

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