Sligo University Hospital one of the most overcrowded facilities in July

Sligo University Hospital was one of the most overcrowded facilities nationwide in July.


Latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show that a total of 617 people waited for a bed over the course of the month.


It’s an increase of 126 compared to 491 in July of last year.


In a statement, the INMO say that the level of hospital overcrowding we have seen throughout this summer has been a cause of serious concern.


Since the beginning of May 27,832 patients were without a bed in Irish hospitals including 9,191 in July.


The INMO is warning that unless a hospital-by-hospital plan to tackle overcrowding is put in place, a very bleak winter is on the horizon in Irish hospitals which will see nurses and patients in extremely unsafe circumstances.