651 patients are without beds in Irish hospitals today according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.
Commenting on today’s trolley figures, INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha said:
“It is clear that hospital overcrowding is out of control once again. The level of overcrowding in some of our emergency departments warrants a national response.
“The INMO has been in contact with the new Chief Executive Officer of the Health Service Executive seeking an urgent meeting in the next 24 hours ahead of what will be an extremely busy bank holiday weekend for our members.
“It is clear that the system is now completely overwhelmed. We need targeted measures to tackle this crisis, particularly in the Midwest where the overcrowding is completely out of hand.”