This month saw the highest number of patients on trolleys in August at Mayo University Hospital in over 15 years.

A new report published today by the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation shows that, over the past month, there were 290 patients on trolleys waiting for a bed at the Castlebar hospital - a significant increase on the 192 patients on trolleys in August 2020, and the highest August figure for the past 15 years at the Mayo hospital.

Nationally there were 6,367 patients on hospital trolleys during this past month - more than double the number in August last year.

There were 563 patients on trolleys this month at University Hospital Galway and 484 at Sligo University Hospital.

Limerick and Cork University Hospitals had the highest trolley numbers nationally.

The INMO claims the situation is completely unacceptable, and says Government plans for opening up society need to include extra healthcare capacity and supports for healthcare staff, who are burnt out and exhausted.