The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation want to see private hospitals used for non-urgent elective care, as the public service copes with demand.
New figures show over 100 thousand patients have been left waiting on trolleys or seats so far in 2022, the highest ever figure for this point in the year.
Galway and Sligo University Hospitals were among the five worst hit hospitals for trolley numbers to date, this year. There were 8,879 patients on trolleys at University Hospital Galway so far this year, 6,919 patients without a bed on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital over the same period. 3,701 patients without a bed on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital this year, to date, and a further 2,022 patients without a bed at Portiuncula University Hospital.
Last week the interim CEO of the HSE said he expects many elective surgeries to be postponed this winter due to demand.
But General Secretary of the INMO Phil Ni Sheaghdha says that shouldn't be the case..