There's been another drop in the number of patients waiting on trolleys at hospitals across the country.

520 people are without beds today, down from 621 yesterday, and a record high of 760 on Monday and Tuesday.

University Hospital Limerick is the worst affected facility with 48 people on trolleys, followed by University Hospital Galway with 45 patients on trolleys.

There are 21 on trolleys at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe, 19 in Sligo and 9 at Mayo University Hospital.

Elective surgery is being cancelled at hospitals across the Saolta group this week as a result of the overcrowding, with the exception of a limited number of urgent cases.

The INMO says there's still a dangerous number of patients without beds, but says any progress is welcome.

The nursing union is calling for the HSE and Government to act on safe staffing, to ensure that this week's record high trolley numbers are never reached again.

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