The full capacity protocol has been in place at Letterkenny University Hospital on almost 90 per cent of days in 2018 – and an urgent meeting will take place next week.
The full capacity protocol was implemented on 266 days out of 303 days from January 1, 2018 – 87.8 per cent of those days.
The stark figures were confirmed at a HSE Forum in Galway on Tuesday, following a question from Donegal County Councillor Gerry Crawford.
Donegal Forum members have requested a meeting with the chief operations officer in Letterkenny and will sit down for talks next week,
“The figures clearly shows the enormous stress under which staff must operate,” Cllr Crawford said.
“It also indicates how severely those waiting to avail of hospital services may be affected.
“These figures, at a time when the issue of the 19 short-stay beds has not been fully resolved, are shocking.”
This morning, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) revealed that 2018 has been the worst on record for overcrowding in hospitals.
In LUH, some 4,779 were awaiting in-patient beds since January 1, with 1,468 of those on trollies.
The Letterkenny figures are the seventh highest in the country.
Today, 22 people were recorded awaiting admission at LUH.Tags: