Number of patients without a bed has risen by over 600%

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The number of patients without a bed at Tipperary’s main hospital has risen by 600% in the last decade.

Figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation also show that University Hospital Limerick was the most overcrowded in the country so far this year.
Today’s figures show 4,931 people were treated on trolleys in the first 11 month of this year at South Tipp General Hospital in Clonmel.

This compares with 695 between January and November of 2007.

The overcrowding situation at University Hospital Limerick has also increased dramatically since 2007 – up 550% from 10 years ago.

Frontline staff at the hospital – which provides Emergency Department cover for North Tipp, Limerick and Clare – cared for 8,116 patients without a bed in the first 11 months of this year.

According to the INMO the Dooradoyle health facility was the worst hit in the country.

Nationally the figures are up 95% in the last decade.

This year was the busiest November ever at UHL with 878 patients left without a bed – up from 789 12 months ago.

While there were 400 patients treated on trolleys at South Tipp General last month this is still down 280 on November 2016