Today is the worst day of this year so far for hospital overcrowding.

There are 679 patients on trolleys at hospitals across the country - the highest daily figure in 2019, and the second-highest ever recorded.

That's according to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation - and general secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha says it's "simply obscene".

She says Winter is only starting, and Irish hospitals are already overwhelmed, with nurses facing an inhumane working environment, while patients are put at ever-increasing risk.

In this region, there are 39 patients on trolleys today at Sligo University Hospital, 34 at University Hospital Galway - where trolley numbers have almost halved since yesterday - and 17 on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital.

 

 

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