Backlog in registering almost 2,000 nurses as overcrowding in hospitals grows

Almost 2,000 nurses are being held back by red tape as they seek to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland despite the shortage in nurses in hospitals throughout the country. Ironically, the regulator blamed a lack of staff for the delays in registering the 1,980 nurses that are ready to give care, whilst health minister Leo Varadkar told the Dáil this week that nine more staff were being made available to help speed up the process. It presents a major problem for the HSE, as accident and emergency departments continue to suffer from overcrowding and a lack of beds throughout the country. Beaumont hospital were forced to send some patients to Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda after they were left with 41 patients stranded on trolleys. Naas general hospital will receive five extra nurses in the coming weeks to deal with the overcrowding problems in their A&E department. There were 14 patients on trolleys in the hospital yesterday.

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