UHG is the most overcrowded hospital in the country today

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UHG has claimed an ignoble crown as the single most overcrowded hospital in Ireland today figures from the INMO show.

There are a staggering 63 patients without a proper bed at UHG this morning, 20 more than yesterday and almost double Monday’s figure as overcrowding has jumped in the midweek.

There are a further 10 patients on trolleys or packed into overcrowded wards at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe today, more than twice the number from Tuesday.

According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation’s daily Trolley/Ward Watch there are a total of 527 patients without a bed in public hospitals today.

After UHG come the usual offenders of Cork University Hospital with 54 patients without a bed, and University Hospital Limerick, which is having a slightly better than average day with 45 patients on trolleys.

Hospital overcrowding has gotten worse than ever in the new year, with the first week of 2020 the worst week seen since records began.

For two consecutive days there were 760 people on trolleys in January, the worst single day figure ever seen by a significant margin.