« BackINMO warns reduction in UHK trolley numbers could be short-lived if recruitment pause not stood down

There was a 50% decrease in the number of patients admitted for care, on trolleys in University Hospital Kerry last month, when compared with the same period last year.

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The latest INMO Trolley/Ward Watch comparative analysis, for May, also shows a 14% reduction in the number of admitted patients on trolleys nationally compared to May 2015.

85 admitted patients were recorded on trolleys at University Hospital Kerry last month, in comparison with 169 in May last year.

The INMO welcomed the easing of overcrowding in Emergency Departments but noted the time of year and improved weather.

It also drew attention to the continued implementation of the Emergency Department agreement, between the INMO, the Department of Health and the HSE which prioritised the Emergency Department crisis at a system wide level.

However, the INMO warned this positive development may be short lived if the recruitment pause, recently announced by the HSE, is not stood down.

It is calling on Health Minister Simon Harris and the HSE, to lift restrictions on recruiting frontline staff and ensure hospital managements proceed to fill vacant frontline posts.