Overcrowding in hospital emergency departments is worsening, with figures today showing 467 patients waiting for admission to a bed.

According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives' Organisation, there are 356 patients in emergency departments and 111 on wards today waiting for admission to a bed.

The hospitals worst-affected are: University Hospital Limerick, with 43 patients waiting; Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda, with 38; and Beaumont Hospital, also with 38 patients.

At the start of April, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar announced a €74m Government package of measures to deal with overcrowding, at the publication of the Emergency Department Task Force report.

The INMO has said the measure will not solve the problem.

Speaking at the INMO general conference in Meath last month, INMO General Secretary Liam Doran said the extra funding was welcome but much more is needed.

Mr Doran said the union would be looking to see the overcrowding figures from May to June to establish if there was any improvement.