'A national scandal': 2019 was the worst year on record for hospital overcrowding as 118,000 went without a bed

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Harris says the Irish health service is getting busier and busier every year

Image: Shutterstock Image: Shutterstock OVER 118,000 people went without beds in 2019, according to end-of-year analysis by the INMO.

The INMO said that understaffing and a lack of capacity as key drivers of overcrowding. There are 411 fewer inpatient beds in Ireland’s hospitals today than a decade ago, despite a larger, older population. “Overcrowding used to be a winter problem. Now it’s an all-year problem, which gets worse in winter. The most frustrating part is that we know how to solve this problem: increase staffing and bed capacity, expand community care, and get going with the Sláintecare reforms.”

Of this number, about 5,500 people were over the age of 65, while about 9,000 additional children have presented to accident and emergency departments.


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“There are 411 fewer inpatient beds in Ireland’s hospitals today than a decade ago” “What’s actually happening is our health services getting busier and busier every year” - Harris And our unelected will have full confidence in our under-qualified.

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