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25,000 People Waited Longer Than 24 Hours For Hospital Admission Via EDs Between January & May This Year

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For the same period in 2021, the figure was 8,865

HSE figures reveal between January & May 2022, 25,000 people waited longer than 24 hours for hospital admission via emergency departments.

During the same period in 2021, 8,865 people waited longer than 24 hours - 2,500 were aged over 75.

The figures were released following the issuing of a parliamentary question by Sinn Féin's David Cullinane.

On Friday morning's 'Kildare Today' Dr. Fergal Hickey called the situation "absolutely unacceptable".

Listen back to Dr. Hickey's interview with Eoin Beatty:

As of 8am Friday morning, there were 21 admitted patients waiting on trolleys at Naas General Hospital - a decrease of 10 on Thursday's figure.

Nationally, 397 people were waiting on trolleys throughout Ireland's hospital system that's according to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation's 'Trolley Watch' figures - again a decrease on Thursday's numbers of 69.


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