The number of patients on trolleys at hospitals nationwide has dropped, after record numbers over the past two days.

Latest figures from the INMO show 621 people are waiting for beds today, down from 760 for the past two days.

University Hospital Limerick remains the worst affected facility with 63 people on trolleys, followed by 46 at University Hospital Galway.

There are 20 patients on trolleys today at Sligo University Hospital, 15 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe and 9 at Mayo University Hospital.

The INMO says this is day three of a 'severe' period of overcrowding, and the intolerable pressure placed on frontline staff and patients continues.

The nursing union has put forward a 5-point plan to alleviate pressure, and says all of the actions they're proposing could be taken today, or by the end of the week at the latest.

Meanwhile, as pressure continues on hospital Emergency Departments, the Saolta hospital group has confirmed that elective procedures are cancelled at hospitals across the West & northwest region - with the exception of a limited number of urgent cases.

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