Hospital overcrowding is now out of control, according to the INMO, with a record 1,718 patients on trolleys in the first 3 days of this week.
Galway University Hospital was the third most overcrowded between last Monday and Wednesday, with 125 people waiting for a bed over the 3 days.
The INMO says these figures confirm that demand for emergency admissions continues to grow, with hospitals unable to provide the necessary capacity in terms of beds or staff.
INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghda says we are now in the second week of April, and the numbers on trolleys are getting higher.
She’s calling for the Government to recognise that the health service is in crisis, and requires immediate intervention.
Meanwhile, Taoiseach Leo Varadker is visiting Galway University Hospital this afternoon.
There are 26 patients on trolleys at the Galway Hospital today, with 25 at Sligo University Hospital, 13 at Mayo University Hospital and 5 on trolleys at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.
Across the country today, the total trolley count is 548 – an increase of almost 60% on this day last year.