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There are 643 patients on trolleys, or on wards – including 15 at three children’s hospitals – waiting admission to a hospital bed, according the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

The worst affected is Cork University Hospital where there are 59 patients waiting, with 51 at the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore; 45 at Tallaght Hospital and 42 at University Hospital Limerick.

The INMO said there are eight patients waiting at the National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght; five at Temple Street and two at Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin. 

Other hospitals affected include Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda with 39 patients waiting, Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar, with 35 and the Mater Hospital with 25.

On 3 January there were 677 patients on trolleys, which was the highest level of overcrowding ever recorded on the INMO count system.

–Credit: RTÉ News – News Headlines