INMO Call For Drogheda Hospital To Be 'Off-Call' To Emergency Ambulances

The INMO has called for emergency ambulance calls to be diverted from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda due to the high number of patients on trolleys.

The nurses organisation claims that there are currently fifty patients waiting for beds at the hospital, with the nurse-to-patient ratio putting people at risk of "compromised care".

Tony Fitzpatrick, industrial relations officer at the INMO called the overcrowding "disgraceful".

He added: "To care for patients safely and to comply with the LRC agreement of last week, there should be 16 nurses on duty to care for emergency department and admitted patients but there are only nine."

"This puts patients at risk of compromised care."

He called for the HSE to take the hospital "off-call" for emergency ambulance calls.


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