Hospital beds crisis: ‘It's like trying to put out a fire with a tea cup’

Consultants say HSE plans will fail to provide enough beds to ease overcrowding

Health experts have predicted the trolley crisis will continue to get worse each year.

Health experts have predicted the trolley crisis will continue to get worse each year.

The vice president of Irish Hospital Consultants Association has said the number of new beds planned by the HSE this year is “like trying to put out a fire with a tea cup”.

Dr Laura Durcan said the Irish health system is far behind where it needs to be with 300 fewer beds than a decade ago while there has been an increase in population.

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