Hospital emergency departments across the region are dealing with up to three times more patients this winter compared to 2021.

The stark figure comes from the Irish Patients' Association, as October saw a 26 per cent increase in patients attending EDs compared to the same month last year.

The Irish Nurses' and Midwives' Organisation is set to hold a press conference today to highlight the overcrowding crisis and issues relating to the retention and recruitment of staff.

Stephen McMahon from the Irish Patients Association says it's having a frightening impact on staff and the level of care they can give...

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