‘Unacceptable’ number of people on trolleys in Letterkenny expected to rise

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THE waiting list at Letterkenny Hospital is set to increase after it was confirmed that there were 21 people still waiting on trolleys yesterday evening.

11 of those were waiting on trolleys in the Emergency Department while a further 10 were waiting on wards or overflow areas on wards.

Last Wednesday, Letterkenny had the joint highest number of people in the country, 33, on trolleys in A&E and waiting for admission.

It is understood this was a record number for Letterkenny and while the situation improved somewhat over the weekend, the position seemingly worsened yesterday.

Speaking in the Dáil about the ongoing overcrowding situation, Deputy Charlie McConalogue said:

“Each day for the past couple of weeks, with very few exceptions, the A&E has been overcrowded and there have not been beds available in the hospital to take in new inpatients,” Deputy McConalogue said.

“It is not a result of significant respiratory illness, which is very often an issue at particular times in winter, it comes back to something which is much more structural about the management of our hospitals and our health service in Letterkenny.”

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Donna Roddy