Trolley crisis is now spreading to regional centres
Some regional hospitals have seen the numbers of patients waiting for a bed soar since 2010, an analysis reveals.
In 2010, South Tipperary Hospital had 13 patients on trolleys in October, but last month this rose to 474.
Eight years ago there were 24 on trolleys in St Luke's Hospital Kilkenny in October, but this year it was 10 times higher.
University Hospital Waterford recorded 111 on trolleys in October 2010 and last month it reached 512.
The spread of the trolley crisis across the country will have to be tackled in the HSE's winter plan for the trolley crisis, as doctors warn hospitals are heading toward record levels of overcrowding.
Meanwhile, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) met with the HSE and Department of Health yesterday to try to avert strike action.
The union said that a ballot for strike action will go ahead on November 19 unless there is progress in its pay demands.
A union spokesman expressed disappointment that " no proposals" were made at yesterday's meeting.
However, the union said that it is available to meet any day before balloting begins. It said progress must be made in recruitment and retention.