Some elected surgeries look set to be cancelled on patients this week, as hospitals try to cope with serious overcrowding in their Emergency Depts.

There are 760 patients on trolleys in ED departments across the country this lunchtime.

With 47 patients on trolleys at University Hospital Galway, 22 at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, 22 at Mayo University Hospital and 15 at Sligo University Hospital.

Tuam based Fianna Fail councillor Donagh Killalea, a member of the HSE West Forum,  says the ban on the recruitment of nurses must be lifted immediately if the situation is to be addressed, but in addition, he has condemned the HSE advertising for senior management staff while frontline numbers are in crisis.

He told Midwest News today that 17 of the 47 patients on trolleys at UHG today are actually on trolleys in wards – and that is of concern in terms of cross contamination.

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