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Twenty six people waiting for a bed at Letterkenny University Hospital

Fourteen people waiting on a bed at Sligo University Hospital

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Twenty six people waiting for a bed at Letterkenny University Hospital

Letterkenny University Hospital

There were 26 people waiting for a bed at Letterkenny University Hospital this morning, according to the latest trolley watch report.

Fourteen people were on trolleys in its Emergency Department while a further twelve were waiting on wards.

There were twelve people on trolleys and a further two were waiting on wards at Sligo University Hospital. 

Cork University Hospital was the most overcrowded with fifty one people waiting there.

Nationally, there were 511 people waiting at hospitals across the country this morning.

Meanwhile, Sinn Féin’s Dáil Deputy Leader Pearse Doherty said the government must immediately begin to implement the recommendations of the Sláintecare report and the Sinn Féin Dáil motion unanimously passed by the Dáil in January, in order to begin tacking the hospital trolley crisis.

Deputy Doherty said the trolley crisis is a national emergency and should be treated as such.

He said: "Minister Simon Harris has so far failed to deal with the issues that are causing this emergency. These are the issues of recruitment and retention of staff, capacity - failure to reopen closed beds, adequate step down facilities, and proper primary and community care."

He said that the Minister Simon Harris should recognise the scale of the problem. 

“Minister Harris should acknowledge the scale of the problem, that there is a national emergency and that what he has done to date has not worked. At the very least, the Minister must open up all the closed hospital beds across the state to immediately stabilise the numbers on trolleys in the short term,” he said.