Hospital Overcrowding Needs To Be Treated As National Emergency - INMO

524 people are waiting on beds today.

The INMO is calling for the consistent overcrowding in hospitals to be treated as a national emergency.

524 people are waiting on trolleys in Irish hospitals today - 105 of whom are in University Hospital Limerick.

Midlands trolley figures are at their highest level in almost three weeks today, at 18 - 13 of those are in Mullingar, with the remaining five in Portlaoise.

Medical evidence shows that spending more than six hours on a trolley is detrimental to a patient's long term health outcome, according to the Irish Nurses' and Midwives' Organisation.

Colm Porter from the INMO says, in stark terms, it increases mortality rates:

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