A patient is dying every day because of hospital overcrowding, according to the Irish Patients Association.

Latest figures from the INMO, show 449 people are waiting on trolleys nationwide at present.

Galway University Hospital has the second highest amount of patients waiting for beds nationally at 47, behind only University Hospital Limerick at 78.

Across the region there are 26 on trolleys in Sligo University Hospital, 16 at the Portiuncula University Hospital and 12 at Mayo University Hospital.

The acute hospitals director with the HSE says the country needs 7,500 more acute beds if more investment isn't made in community services.

Stephen McMahon from the Irish Patients Association say the situation is at crisis point.