Up to 30,000 patients left Dublin EDs without being seen – Aontú

by Rose Barrett
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Statistics obtained by Aontú show that almost 115,000 people last year left Emergency Departments (EDs) without being seen – at least 29,000 from Dublin hospitals EDs alone. 

Almost 4,000 of those were patients who exited Connolly Hospital ED in Blanchardstown, a serious increase on previous years – in 2021, the figure was 2,762; 2,267 in 2020 and 3, 959 in 2022.  

Aontú representative for Dublin West, Edward Mac Manus, who recently organised a protest outside Connolly Hospital to highlight overcrowding/excessive waiting times in the ED, says the figures raise huge concerns over services provided to this part of Dublin.

 Following the information received in response to a Parliamentary Question (PQ) this week, Mr Mac Manus said:

 “These are really dreadful statistics. The fact that nearly 29,000 people in Dublin left Emergency Departments without being seen reflects very poorly on the HSE and  

highlights the vital need for proper investment in healthcare in the greater Dublin area – particularly in terms of primary care, staff numbers, ward configuration,  bed capacity and infrastructure.”

He further noted that after the protest on January 21 last, Áontu was contacted by former patients expressing concern about systems in the hospital.

 “While patients are anxious to stress that frontline staff were doing their best  within the system, the delays that patients experienced did not appear to be reflected in official trolly counts.”

 In fact, the statistics are probably worse, claimed Mr MacManus as patients recalled being placed in spaces which while not under clinical care, did not appear to be officially recorded as a trolley wait.

 “The figures released by the HSE show that nationally 7.9 per cent of patients leave before completion of treatment. Family members spoke of bringing elderly and distressed patients home rather than continue a long wait of uncertain duration.

 “This is very dangerous and will not end well,” he concluded.

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