Nearly 8,000 admitted patients were forced to wait on trolleys and chairs in our hospitals during September.
The figures released today by the INMO showed that 7,765 admitted patients were treated without hospital beds last month.
University Hospital Galway was among the worst affected hospitals with 609 patients on trolleys for the month of September.
INMO Industrial Relations Officer for the Western Region Anne Burke says nearly 8,000 people on trolleys should be regarded as a national crisis.
She says their members are telling them they can’t go on with this number of unfilled vacancies and it’s not safe for patients or staff.