Updated: 04/01/18 : 09:07:53
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Hospital overcrowding for discussion by health minister and hospital chiefs

The Health Minister is going to discuss overcrowding with hospital group heads today.

Simon Harris says exceptional measures are being taken to solve the issue and it's vital we start to see their impact.

A public briefing is also expected later as trolley numbers hit record levels - yesterday 677 patients were waiting for a bed at hospitals around the country.

Medical expert Dr Ruairi Hanley, claims the HSE has become complacent.

He said: "Who knows this time next year if this isn't fixed, this will be a 700 figure, in fact, it might even be a 700 figure in a few weeks, and then it'll be a new shocking high.

"I remember when it was 500, less than 500, and it was a national emergency, and here we are, and it's worse.

"There is zero accountability at the head of the HSE."