Health Minister to meet HSE on overcrowding crisis

The Health Minister is due to meet the head of the HSE this afternoon.

Tony O’Brien’s due to give Simon Harris an update on overcrowding at the country’s Emergency Departments.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation is expected to give another update later on the number on trolleys awaiting admission to hospital, which has passed the 600 mark twice this week already.

There were 56 people waiting for a bed at Sligo and Letterkenny University Hospitals alone on Tuesday and 41 yesterday.

A consultant at Sligo Hospital said yesterday the situation remains the same as previous years and is mainly down to a lack of bed capacity.

However, Ainna Fawcett Henesy is a consultant in nursing and health – she says many countries are battling this problem, and community services need to be strengthened as a back-up to deal with this problem: