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A patient left lying next to a person who was "unconscious or possibly deceased" was among the alarming complaints made about hospitals to the health watchdog.

Grubby wards, cold food and forcing elderly patients to wear nappies were also complaints made to the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa).

According to the unpublished complaints seen by the Irish Independent, hygiene and infection control are major concerns among patients and relatives who brought their grievances to Hiqa.