Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1310)

John Brady


1310. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Health the number of patients on hospital trolleys in 2018 and to date in 2019 at Portiuncula University Hospital, Ballinasloe, County Galway. [32542/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

This is a very busy period for our health services, with many hospitals reporting significant numbers of patient attendances. For the first six months of 2019, the number of patients attending hospital EDs increased by 3.6%, and the number of ED admissions increased by 2.5% compared to the same period last year.

Despite the significant increase in demand, our health services managed better for the first six months of 2019 than in the previous year, and the numbers of patients waiting on trolleys nationally were 4.7% lower than the same period last year.

With regard to the Deputy's specific question, I have asked the HSE to respond directly with the requested information.