Call for crisis to be addressed

Call for crisis to be addressed
A charity that supports older people in need, is calling on the government to address the hospital trolley crisis by providing more housing with supports, more nursing home beds and more step down facilities and care in the community in order to free up the acute hospital beds as well as providing appropriate care for older people.

A charity that supports older people in need, is calling on the government to address the hospital trolley crisis by providing more housing with supports, more nursing home beds and more step down facilities and care in the community in order to free up the acute hospital beds as well as providing appropriate care for older people.

ALONE have stated that they are not surprised with the current number of people on hospital trolleys, as reported by the Irish Nurses and Midwives’ Organisation (INMO). The Chief Executive Officer of ALONE, Sean Moynihan said: “The age demographic of Ireland is skewing towards an ageing population with up to 20,000 people turning 65 years of age each year. Our current health system is not equipped to deal with this, nor is it committed to addressing the current crisis which without intervention will only continue to get worse.”