Trolley numbers are high at hospitals across the West once again today.
The country's second-highest number of patients on trolleys is at University Hospital Galway, where 36 patients are currently on trolleys, waiting for admission to a bed.
There are 27 patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital, 16 at Mayo University Hospital and 17 on trolleys at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe, according to the latest figures from the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation.
A group representing hospital patients has called for the Emergency Department Taskforce to be reconvened, to tackle the rising number of people on trolleys.
With 314 patients on trolleys today and 347 yesterday, the Irish Patients' Association says a lot of attention has been on Covid-19 over the past 18 months, which has masked the problem of overcrowding, but has not solved it.
Co-founder of the Irish Patients Association Stephen McMahon says the task force, which aims to find ways to reduce overcrowding in Emergency Departments, has not met since January 2020, and he's calling on the HSE and Health Minister to resume meetings, or explain why the meetings are being discontinued.