Friday May 29, 2020

The trolley problem that isn’t going away

The nation is left horrified – again – as elderly patients are left waiting on trolleys, but what is needed to end this scandal once and for all?

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

8th November, 2015
Tallaght Emergency Department

First it was a 91-year-old. Then an 87-year-old. And then a 93-year-old. Their personal stories shone a light on the hospital system, putting real people behind the hospital overcrowding figures consistently highlighted by nurses and doctors.

On Tuesday it emerged that a 91-year-old man with advanced Parkinson’s disease had to endure 29 hours on a hospital trolley in a severely congested emergency department at Tallaght hospital in Dublin.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny described what happened...

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