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CUH worst affected hospital today; 575 patients on trolleys across the country

There are 575 people on trolleys in our country's hospitals today.

That is a 3.6% increase on yesterday according to nurses group the INMO.

The worst affected is CUH in Cork, where 46 people are waiting on a bed.

Cork University Hospital is worst affected today.

The numbers coincide with winter flu season which is putting extra pressure on emergency departments.

But Labour leader Brendan Howlin says the problem does not start in the A&E.

He said: "The pressure is not solely on the A&E, it is in the individual wards.

"The people are trapped in accident and emergency departments because there is no beds.

"I we create more beds in the hospitals, that relieves the pressure."

- Digital Desk