Despite an ongoing overcrowding crisis at University Hospital Galway, planning permission has not yet been sought for the long promised new larger Emergency Department at the facility.

Yesterday there were 47 patients waiting on trolleys for admission to UHG, according to INMO trolley watch figures, and throughout 2019 and so far this year, the hospital tends to have some of the highest number of people on trolleys nationally on a daily basis.

Headford based fianna Fail councillor Mary Hoade says the situation is completely unacceptable for both patients and staff, and she says despite years of promises from successive governments  - planning has not even been sought as yet for a new building that might ease the problems.

Councillor Hoade spoke to Midwest News today about the ongoing crisis at the hospital.

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