The level of hospital overcrowding reached record levels in August, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.
Hospital overcrowding reached record levels in August - INMO
It says there were 7,781 patients on trolleys or on wards last month, waiting for admission to a bed, up 27% on the same month last year - writes rte.ie.
The figures have been released in advance of a meeting today of the Emergency Department Task Force, to review the summer and prepare for the autumn/winter period.
The hospitals worst affected by overcrowding last month were: Limerick University Hospital, Galway University Hospital and South Tipperary General.
Liam Doran, General Secretary of the INMO, said that in view of the figures, the union would be seeking senior decision makers to be rostered, on an extended day basis, over the seven days of the week.
He said he also wanted nurse managers to be given full autonomy to recruit extra staff to ensure patient standards are maintained.
The union also said that senior general managers should be present in the hospitals on a 24/7 basis.
Mr Doran said that the level of attention required to manage the trolley crisis had dropped in recent months.
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