AN 88-year-old Cork woman has spoken for the first time about her experience of lying on a trolley in Cork University Hospital's emergency department.
Patricia Murphy, who is 88, has been in CUH since last Friday and was moved from an A&E cubicle, after 48 hours, onto a trolley in an overcrowded corridor.
Ms Murphy's husband, aged 90, was also forced to sleep on a trolley in a corridor at CUH for 20 hours last year.
Speaking from her hospital bed today, Ms Murphy said she was determined to highlight the situation facing patients.
"I was a nurse," she said. "I campaigned for nurses' rights. I went to the Dáil and to the government for our rights... the nurses are very good here, but their hands are tied."
“I am sitting on a bed now, I was on a trolley. I was hours in the A&E.”