The number of patients on trolleys at Irish hospitals today has reached 643.

According to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation, there are 27 patients waiting for admission to a bed at both Sligo and Galway University Hospitals, with 7 on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital and 18 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

Meanwhile, the Health Minister Simon Harris has said he will offer every student nurse and midwife a full-time, permanent job once they graduate.

Minister Harris has tweeted to say that letter is on its way to each one of them.

He posted that the HSE will need more and more front-line staff as they plan for more beds and facilities.

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