The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) says it is seriously concerned for patient safety at Letterkenny General Hospital where 27 patients were awaiting for in-patient beds this morning.
The INMO says there were six patients waiting beds in waiting beds in the emergency department, four in the medical assessment unit, four in the treatment rooms and 13 on recliners in the day services department.
The union says that because of the moratorium on recruitment no additional staff have been brought in to cope with the overcrowding.
INMO Industrial Relations Officer Maura Hickey said:
“INMO members are struggling to cope with the overcrowding and are seriously concerned with the situation. They are extremely worried for patient safety at the hospital.
“Patient care is being compromised this morning and the INMO is calling on management to immediately provide more staff in order to provide safe care for patients and to allow our members practice safely.”