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Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH) had one of the worst bed shortages in the country this morning.
There 57 waiting for a bed at LUH and 54 at Sligo University Hospital while University Hospital Limerick had 109 patients on the waiting list.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has called on the Health Service Executive to take urgent action as its figures showed that 747 admitted patients, including 32 children, were waiting for a hospital bed across the country this morning.
In a statement, the INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha described the figures as “truly shocking” and said they should be a “wake-up call to the Health Service Executive, the Government and individual hospital groups”.
She said extraordinary steps must be taken to ensure that the same record breaking trolley numbers seen at the beginning of this year are not replicated.
Ms Ní Sheaghdha said the INMO is seeking urgent engagement with HSE Chief Executive Bernard Gloster and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly.