Irish hospitals reach pandemic high for overcrowding

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Hospitals are more overcrowded than at any other stage during the pandemic, according to the INMO.

376 patients are without beds at Irish hospitals today – the highest figure since March 5th of last year.

This includes 75 patients at University Hospital Limerick and also 23 at South Tipp General in Clonmel – a hospital which didn’t have any patients on trolleys for much of the pandemic.

The INMO is calling for urgent national intervention at UHL in particular, along with a strategy to reduce the volume of staff being redeployed for vaccinations.