Updated: 12/01/17 : 12:22:30
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Hospital trolley numbers top 500 for third day in a row

509 people were waiting on trolleys at hospitals across the country this morning, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

The figure is down from 543 yesterday, however, it is the third day in a row the number has reached over 500.

Cork University Hospital remains among the worst affected, with 41 patients waiting on a bed.

Sligo University Hospital has 23 patients on trolleys while Letterkenny University Hospital recorded 36.

Last week, overcrowding in hospitals reached a record high of 612 patients.