608 patients are without a bed in Irish hospitals today according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

This is the highest daily figure for the month of June since the INMO began counting trolleys in 2006.

The union’s General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha describes  emergency departments as “pressure cookers at the moment”.

She says the fact that Covid cases have increased by over 300 percent in hospitals in the space of three weeks coupled with long wait times to be admitted is a disaster waiting to happen and is calling on the Emergency Taskforce to immediately convene.

Patients presenting at Emergency Departments at hospitals across this region today are experiencing significant delays.

There are 43 patients on trolleys waiting for admission to Galway University Hospital, 27 patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital, 20 on trolleys waiting for beds at Mayo University Hospital and 9 patients on trolleys awaiting admission to Portiuncula University Hospital