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# overcrowding - Wednesday 10 January, 2018

Varadkar doesn't want anyone to face 'indignity' caused by waiting on a trolley

The Taoiseach said he was speaking as both a doctor and a grandson whose grandmother is “regularly in and out of hospital”.

'Bear with us' says TII as it apologises for 'teething problems' with new Luas Green Line

The closure of the Sandyford park and ride, and the overcrowding further along the Green Line, have been criticised so far this year.

More air quality monitoring stations on the way that will give real-time information to the public

Environment Minister Denis Naughten said the importance of air quality and the impacts it has on our health cannot be underestimated.

# overcrowding - Monday 8 January, 2018

Private hospital beds to be used to ease Emergency Department overcrowding

Many emergency departments are experiencing very high numbers of patients presenting at hospital.

Dr Anthony O'Connor: Things we could do to get more people off trolleys

They can be done and they must be done – we have to believe that, writes hospital consultant Dr Anthony O’Connor.

# overcrowding - Tuesday 2 January, 2018

'No effort being spared' says Health Minister after trolley numbers reach record high

A record high of 656 people were waiting on trolleys as 2018 began, according to the INMO.

# overcrowding - Friday 22 December, 2017

Surgeries at Cork hospital cancelled for two weeks as flu and 'revelry' make their impact

The move is an attempt to ease pressure on services over the busy Christmas period.

# overcrowding - Monday 20 November, 2017

Gardaí in Sligo are refusing to operate from their station

GRA members say there are serious health and safety issues at the station.

# overcrowding - Thursday 9 November, 2017

'Detrimental and harmful': There were over 80,000 people on hospital trolleys so far this year

The INMO said the overcrowding situation is having a “serious, detrimental and harmful effect” on patients.

# overcrowding - Friday 20 October, 2017

'Unless the government allocate funds... there is no easy solution': Irish Rail responds to overcrowding complaint

A customer care representative said that more funding was needed to reduce overcrowding.

# overcrowding - Friday 13 October, 2017

'Totally unacceptable': Two people spend night on chairs in mental health unit

The Psychiatric Nurses Association has said the situation is intolerable for patients and upsetting for staff.

# overcrowding - Friday 14 July, 2017

Reports of festival goers 'getting crushed' in massive queues on the way in to Longitude

Reports on social media suggested that people were queuing up for well over an hour to gain entry to the festival.

# overcrowding - Monday 10 July, 2017

Holocaust survivors more at risk of developing cancer

Researchers studied over 150,000 people for more than 45 years.

# overcrowding - Monday 3 July, 2017

There were over 50,000 people on hospital trolleys in the first six months of 2017

The INMO said that this was further evidence that our health service “simply cannot cope with the demands”.

# overcrowding - Monday 8 May, 2017

Patients placed on chairs and beds in corridors of Waterford psychiatric unit

A 16-year-old patient spent the night in a chair at the adult psychiatric unit last week.

# overcrowding - Wednesday 3 May, 2017

These are the most overcrowded hospitals in the country

There’s been an improvement in Dublin, but things are getting worse in other counties.

# overcrowding - Thursday 2 February, 2017

'Groundhog Day' as month begins with 600 people on hospital trolleys

The figure of 601 is just short of the high of 612 patients on trolleys at the beginning of January.

# overcrowding - Saturday 21 January, 2017

'If this many people were dying in another way, there’d be war over it'

What do doctors and nurses want done to tackle hospital overcrowding and record numbers on trolleys? More beds, for starters.

# overcrowding - Thursday 19 January, 2017

'Not a single patient in the building': PAC to investigate €7 million overspend at Tipperary Hospital

The PAC will write to the HSE to demand a “full explanation” on the situation.

# overcrowding - Monday 16 January, 2017

26 dead as gangs behead inmates in Brazilian prison massacre

Officials said members of two drug gangs clashed violently after coming out of different parts of the prison.

# overcrowding - Wednesday 4 January, 2017

Alan Kelly says his prediction of 'hell in our hospitals' has come true

He wants private hospital facilities to be used to help ease the pressure on emergency departments in public hospitals.

# overcrowding - Friday 2 December, 2016

There has actually been a slight drop in people on hospital trolleys this year

While the numbers on trolleys is down 1% this year, figures for November were described as “particularly alarming”.

# overcrowding - Friday 11 November, 2016

A Cork hospital is so busy with emergencies it's asking patients to stay away

Patients are experiencing long delays at Mercy University Hospital’s emergency department.

# overcrowding - Wednesday 17 August, 2016

Ambulances taking over an hour to hand over patients and get back on the road

The delays in turnaround times are being blamed on overcrowding issues in hospitals.

# overcrowding - Saturday 9 July, 2016

Mers virus transmitted from one 'super-spreader patient' in overcrowded emergency room

The 35-year-old man infected 82 people including other patients, healthcare workers and visitors.

# overcrowding - Sunday 22 May, 2016

Locked up for years for stealing a handkerchief - Delving into Spike Island's dark past

The prison was intended only as a temporary response to increased criminality during the famine, but remained open for 36 years.

# overcrowding - Wednesday 20 April, 2016

Patients left lying on trolleys while 40-bed unit remains vacant at nearby hospital

Yesterday there were 20 patients on trolleys at Tipperary General Hospital.

# overcrowding - Wednesday 16 March, 2016

Nurses to be hired "as matter of urgency" to reduce emergency department overcrowding

The decision was made at the Workplace relations Commission today.

# overcrowding - Tuesday 23 February, 2016

Varadkar 'embarrassed and ashamed' by elderly man's death after 12 hours on hospital trolley

Eddie Moloney died from a brain haemorrhage beside a blaring TV at University Hospital Limerick.

# overcrowding - Monday 8 February, 2016

Varadkar defends comments about extra resources making hospitals slow down

The minister said he accepted that overcrowding can also delay patient treatment.

# overcrowding - Thursday 21 January, 2016

Non-urgent surgeries cancelled at Cork and Dublin hospitals

Procedures have been cancelled at Cork University Hospital, as well as the Beaumont and Mater hospitals in Dublin.

# overcrowding - Wednesday 20 January, 2016

One of Dublin city's main hospitals is telling emergency patients to stay away

The Mater Hospital says it’s experiencing “very high numbers”.

# overcrowding - Tuesday 12 January, 2016

Thursday’s strike action by nurses has been called off

Nurses in emergency departments will now be balloted on revised proposals.

# overcrowding - Friday 8 January, 2016

Here's What Happened Today: Friday

The discovery of a body in Limerick, a rally on Moore Street and an attack on an Egyptian hotel.

‘Sensible people are putting their health at risk’ – Patients going to GPs when they need emergency treatment

Meanwhile, doctors are being balloted on industrial action at University Hospital Limerick.

# overcrowding - Thursday 7 January, 2016

'Even if I got a cheque for €100 million - I couldn't fix this overnight'

Leo Varadkar’s comments follow days of controversy regarding overcrowding at Irish hospitals, and come ahead of a nursing strike next week.

# overcrowding - Tuesday 5 January, 2016

Varadkar to nurses: Planned strike will compromise patient safety

The INMO strike will see rolling two hour stoppages at emergency departments on 14 January.

# overcrowding - Thursday 10 December, 2015

‘It’s absolute bedlam’ – nurses’ strike set to go ahead as 372 reported on hospital trolleys yesterday

The INMO believes there is “a tolerance of emergency department overcrowding”.

# overcrowding - Tuesday 24 November, 2015

"The most patient group of public servants ever known to mankind"

Strike action is set to take place on 15 December.

# overcrowding - Thursday 5 November, 2015

Health service scandals: Leo Varadkar faced some tough questions today

The health minister said that he has “no doubt” that many more such stories will come to light in the months to come.

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