Trolley crisis hits winter high as 606 people currently waiting beds
A massive total of 606 people are currently waiting on hospital beds this morning.
The figures, released by the INMO Trolley Watch, is a new high for the trolley crisis so far this year.
It is the highest number of patients on trolleys since March 2018.
A total of 439 people are waiting in the emergency department, while 167 are in wards elsewhere in the hospital.
The worst-hit hospitals today are:
- University Hospital Limerick - 59
- South Tipperary General Hospital - 50
- Cork University Hospital - 48
The INMO Trolley Watch counts the number of patients who have been admitted to acute hospitals, but who are waiting for a free bed.
These patients are often being treated on trolleys in corridors, but they may also be on chairs or in waiting rooms. The INMO started Trolley Watch in 2004.