Sligo Hospital was fourth most overcrowded in 2023

Sligo University Hospital, the hospital attended by many people from Boyle, was the fourth most overcrowded in the country last year.

That’s according to figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Association who also say over 121,526 patients have gone without a bed in Irish hospitals in 2023, making it the worst year for hospital overcrowding on record.

According to the organisation the top 5 most overcrowded hospitals in 2023 include:

University Hospital Limerick (21,141 patients)
Cork University Hospital (12,487 patients)
University Hospital Galway (8,914 patients)
Sligo University Hospital (8,094 patients)
St. Vincent’s University Hospital (6,555 patients)

INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said: “There has been no let-up in pressure for our nurses and midwives who are working in overcrowded and understaffed hospitals”.

“Instead of coming forward with plans to drastically improve the lot of our members and patients who find themselves in emergency departments, the HSE have instead decided to implement a recruitment freeze which will further demoralise a burned out, exhausted workforce. We know from past experience that it can take a long time to reverse the impact of any recruitment freeze.

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