Updated: 12/03/18 : 13:59:36
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Over 700 patients on trolleys today in Irish hospitals

There are 714 people on trolleys or in wards in Irish hospitals today, according to the latest figures from the INMO.

University Hospital Limerick is the highest with 80 people waiting on a bed.

It is followed by University Hospital Galway (45), Cork University Hospital (43) and Tallaght Hospital (40), Sligo University Hospital (35).

There are 15 children waiting on a bed in paediatric hospitals. There are 7 at Temple Street Children's Hospital and 8 at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin.

It comes as over 600 people were waiting for beds every day last week.

Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher has described the latest INMO figures, as “absolutely deplorable”.

“Last week was the worst week ever experienced for Emergency Department overcrowding. Today we are seeing the worst day ever. It's truly shocking”, he said.

“Not only are the figures themselves completely unacceptable, but the length of time that patients are being kept on trolleys is extremely worrying. I have heard reports of a 64-year-old man having spent 109 hours on a trolley in Tallaght hospital - that's over four and a half days. This is surely some breach of human rights?

“The Minister for Health and the HSE have completely failed people this winter. It is now the middle of March and the situation is actually getting worse.

“It is critical that the capacity review, published earlier this year, is acted on as a matter of urgency. To have 714 people awaiting admission shows the distance we need to go before our health system is able to cope with the demands that are being put on it. A population that is getting progressively older means that these problems are not likely to go away soon and the Minister must act without delay”.