The Irish Nurses Organisation has claimed that there was a marked increase in the number of patients on trolleys in Dublin hospitals last month. 

The INO said that in the first 14 days of December the number of people on trolleys in the Greater Dublin area was up 89% when compared to the same period in 2006.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio's News at One, INO General Secretary Liam Doran claimed the increase was because of cutbacks by the Health Service Executive in the last four months of 2007.

On the issue of pay, Mr Doran said the INO would review its options if the benchmarking report does not deliver for nurses. The report is due later this week.