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A person spent more than three days waiting on a trolley at University Hospital Galway's emergency department this week.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has expressed concern regarding the sudden decision by HSE management to transfer “vulnerable patients” out of St Vincent’s Care Centre in Athlone.
Management at University Hospital Galway are accessing beds in private nursing homes on a daily basis in a bid to facilitate discharges and ease the pressure on its overburdened emergency department.
Galway’s emergency department have hit out at management for what they say is their failure to pass on an important report about the unit to them. The members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation say they are appalled that the report on the external review of the department has remained firmly in management’s possession.
Seven inpatient and 10 day case admissions were cancelled at University Hospital Galway as part of the regional hospital’s contingency plan to deal with the nurses’ strike, which was due to have taken place on Tuesday.
Unacceptable working conditions at the emergency department of the west's biggest hospital is driving highly trained and experienced nurses out of the public system into the arms of local private hospitals.