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With 42 patients on trolleys today at UHG, SIPTU calls for HIQA to get involved in tackling overcrowding

Galway University Hospital is the second most overcrowded in the country today, with 42 patients on trolleys according to the latest trolley watch from the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation.

Letterkenny General Hospital has the highest number on trolleys today at 43.

There are 23 patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital, 12 at Mayo University Hospital and 9 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

Across the country, the number of patients on hospital trolleys today is 551.

Meanwhile, the country's largest trade union SIPTU has called for the Health Information and Quality Authority to get involved in efforts to solve the overcrowding crisis in hospitals.

SIPTU Health Division Organiser Paul Bell says their members are working in unsafe conditions because of consistent pressure on the health service, and he believes HIQA – as an independent agency set up to investigate such matters, should be called in….

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