Tenfold rise in numbers on trolleys at University Hospital Kerry

There’s been a tenfold rise in the number of people waiting on trolleys at University Hospital Kerry in the past decade.

That’s according to analysis of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation’s Trolley and Ward Watch figures for the month of May, compared to previous years.

These INMO figures show there were 234 people waiting on trolleys in the emergency department and on wards at University Hospital Kerry last month.

That was up from just 85 during May of last year, a 175% increase.

During May 2007, just 20 patients were logged as waiting on trolleys at the then Kerry General Hospital; in the decade, there’s been a tenfold increase in the numbers waiting on trolleys in Kerry – a 1000% increase.

These INMO figures show that during last month, there were 8,154 people waiting on trolleys in emergency departments and on wards at hospitals across the country.

Nationally there’s been a 23% increase in the numbers waiting on trolleys in the past year, and 101% rise in the past decade.