A record 8,154 on hospital trolleys
Hospital patients languishing on trolleys have hit record levels, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO).
New figures for May show that 8,154 patients were on trolleys, an increase of 23pc when compared to last year.
The figures also confirm that overcrowding grew in both the greater Dublin and country areas, when compared to May 2016.
The hospitals showing the highest number of trolley figures included the Mater and Tallaght hospitals in Dublin and the Cork and Mercy hospitals together with Limerick, Galway, Kilkenny and Waterford hospitals.
The ones with the highest number of patients on trolleys last month were Galway (671), Limerick (627), and the Mater (533).
Liam Doran, INMO General Secretary, said: "This record level of overcrowding is very disappointing coming at this time of year, and after a marginal improvement in April."