2023 sees record hospital overcrowding

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation reported a record high level of overcrowding in hospitals in 2023, with over 121,000 patients without a bed. However, the Health Service Executive disputes these figures, stating that trolley numbers are down compared to the same period last year. The five most overcrowded hospitals in 2023 were named, with University Hospital Limerick having the highest number of patients without a bed. The INMO criticized the HSE for implementing a recruitment freeze, while the HSE claims that there has been an improvement in overcrowding. They also announced plans to publish data on their website to address the issue of overcrowding. Both parties agree that the current numbers are too high.

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