There are 585 patients on trolleys in hospitals today, 129 fewer than the record high of 714 on Monday.

In this region, there are 37 patients on trolleys at Galway University Hispital, 19 at Mayo University Hospital, 20 at Sligo Hospital and 16 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

This week’s surge in trolley figures has prompted the Health Minister Simon Harris to forego his St Patrick's Day trip abroad, saying it wouldn't be right to travel during a "difficult week".

The Taoiseach says the government is working on improving the healthcare system.

But Leo Varadkar says he won't be cutting his US trip short to come home and deal with the crisis:

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