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Nurse Sinead Burke protesting at  Galway University Hospital in Galway City. Photo:Andrew Downes.

Nurse Sinead Burke protesting at Galway University Hospital in Galway City. Photo:Andrew Downes.

Andrew Downes

Nurse Sinead Burke protesting at Galway University Hospital in Galway City. Photo:Andrew Downes.

DYING patients are having to endure the indignity of being examined in the corridor of a busy hospital because overcrowding is so severe, nurses warned yesterday.

Nurses staged a lunchtime demonstration at Galway University Hospital to protest at conditions faced by patients and workers due to a cramped emergency department and understaffing.

Ann Burke, a member of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, said patients can also be forced to sit for hours on a chair before getting a trolley.

The nurses want an independent review of the department and additional staffing. "It is not fit for purpose," she added.

Galway University Hospital said it is trying to recruit more staff.

Irish Independent