Due to excess number of patients visiting the University Hospital Galway (UHG), many patients are not being provided with proper care at hospitals.
It is due to excess of patients over staff at the hospital, that the patients have to wait on wheel-chairs to get treated. As per the recent statistics collected by Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), around 544 patients were waiting for their treatment at the emergency department previous month that comes to a 139% rise in the figures from 231 in the month of August previous year.
The hospital has witnessed a fall in the working staff in past one year, and in order to conceal the seriousness of the problem from people, the staff was placing the patients in the wards, clearing the emergency department from the excess number of patients.
As per Spokeswoman of INMO, Ann Burke, "Because there were so many patients on trolleys there, staffs were unable to do what they normally do in the MAU. It was never intended that the Unit would be used to accommodate overnight patients".
The acute shortage can be clearly depicted from the scene, where 2 nurses were looking after 36 patients at the UGH, previous week, reveals Ms. Bruke.
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