381 patients found themselves on trolleys at Tallaght Hospital between January and August of this year.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation reports that this up from the 121 during the same period last year.
Nationally, 65,455 patients were treated on trollies in Ireland’s hospitals in the first 8 months of the year, an increase of 7.1%.
“There is no doubt that the level of attention required to manage trolley overcrowding has dropped in recent months. The abnormal, and very harmful and detrimental, effects, of overcrowding, are no longer viewed as requiring urgent action as the HSE focuses on measuring and counting the problem rather than addressing it.“In the context of successive months, with record levels of overcrowding, serious concerns should be apparent, to all parties attending today’s meeting, as we enter the autumn/winter period. Management, at all levels, must implement the actions detailed in the taskforce report, on a 24/7 basis and treat this crisis as a national emergency.”