Extent of hospital overcrowding evident in latest stats

Right now up to 380 people are waiting to get a bed at hospitals across the country.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation claims 299 people are on trolleys while a further 84 are in overflow areas of wards.

According to the latest trolley watch report, which can be viewed by clicking on this link, University Hospital Limerick is the most overcrowded with 48 people in need of a bed.

South Tipperary General Hospital is next with 38 people on trolleys and overflow areas of wards.

Tallaght Hospital fares a bit better in comparison with seven people waiting for a bed.

Of the 29 hospitals listed in the report today only four of them have no patients on trolleys.

In Dublin the most overcrowded is St James’ which currently has 20 people waiting on a bed.