Hospital overcrowding problems hit record high

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There have been record levels of overcrowding in our hospitals in the first six months of the year.

Nearly 6,900 patients were left without a bed in hospitals serving Tipperary between January and June.

University Hospital Limerick – which covers North Tipperary – accounted for 4,120 of these. This is up from 3,746 for the same six months last year

At South Tipp General in Clonmel over 2,700 people were left without a bed between January and June – up almost 185 on last years figures.

54 people were treated on trolleys or chairs at Nenagh General in the first half of 2017 – down from 90 in the same period last year.

The figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show that University Hospital Limerick was the worst affected last month with 640 people waiting for a bed.

At STGH there were 321 people hit by the overcrowding crisis in June.

The INMO says the figures represent further evidence that our health service, simply cannot cope with the demands being placed upon it.