Thirty-nine people are waiting for beds at hospitals in Cork today.
The latest Trolley Watch figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show 22 admitted patients are waiting for beds at Cork University Hospital with 17 patients waiting for beds at the Mercy University Hospital.
Nationally, 277 patients are without beds across Ireland’s hospitals today, with University Hospital Limerick worst-hit.
Eighty admitted patients are without beds at the facility and the INMO said more than 12 of these patients were cared for on chairs overnight.
This is the highest figure recorded in an Irish hospital since the COVID-19 restrictions began.
The INMO has now called for urgent intervention from the Minister for Health.
“The hospital is in a chronic state of overcrowding this morning. There are admitted patients on chairs – as there aren’t even enough trolleys anymore,” said INMO Industrial Relations Officer for Limerick, Mary Fogarty.
“This would be an exceptionally high level of overcrowding in normal times. With Covid, the infection risk to staff and patients goes through the roof.
“Frontline staff are doing the best they can, but this is a crisis that is not going away in Limerick. Nurses are rightly describing the ongoing situation as dangerous.
“The Minister and HSE cannot stand idly by. They need to intervene nationally to put a clear, workable plan in place,” she said.