• Some cancer patients who need tumours removed cannot be admitted to hospital on time because of a lack of beds, a doctors' conference has been warned.

    Dr Clive Kilgallen, a consultant in Sligo, said cancellations due to overcrowding were not just for patients suffering with conditions like a hernia.

    In some cases, scheduled admission of waiting list patients had ground to a halt, he told the annual meeting of the Irish Medical Organisation yesterday. That’s according to today’s Irish Independent.


    Dr Kilgallen told the meeting  that long delays on trolleys were putting patients at increased risk of illness and infection.

    The ongoing overcrowding crisis in several hospitals led to calls for a six-hour limit on the