It’s a continuing crisis that is unfair to patients and staff at University Hospital Galway today where there are 71 patients waiting on trolleys for admission to the facility.

That’s the view of Headford based Fianna Fail councillor Mary Hoade.

According to the INMO trolley watch figures the highest number of patients nationally waiting in Emergency Departments on trolleys today is at University Hospital Galway.

Councillor Hoade says she has contacted both the department of Health and the HSE management about her concerns over the ongoing overcrowding at the hospital, but says five years after a new ED for Galway was promised by this government, the new build has not even reached the planning stage.

She told Midwest News today that she fears that today’s crisis at the hospital will be repeated not just this winter, but another winter as well, unless urgent contingency measures are implemented.

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