Fianna Fail is calling on the government to take action before waiting times in hospital emergency departments over the winter months spiral out of control.

Department of Health figures released to the party show that almost ten thousand elderly people have been waiting on trolleys in Emergency Departments for more than 24 hours in the first eight months of the year.

That's an increase of around six hundred compared to November last year with fears the numbers could rise to 14 thousand over the next few months.

There are 33 patients on trolleys today at University Hospital Galway according to the latest trolley watch from the INMO.

There are twelve patients on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital. five at Mayo University Hospital while there are four patients waiting on trolleys today at Portiuncula  Hospital in Ballinasloe.

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