There are 432 patients on trolleys in emergency departments or on wards in hospitals across the country waiting admission to a bed, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

This compares to figures released earlier this morning by the Health Service Executive's TrolleyGar data, which reported 322 patients on trolleys, down on yesterday's figure of 387 and representing a 5% reduction on this day last year.

The INMO said the hospital worst affected is University Hospital Waterford with 31 patients on trolleys.

The INMO figures includes 289 patients on trolleys in emergency departments, plus 143 patients placed on wards.

Trolley numbers generally reduce on a Friday, as patients are discharged for the weekend and more beds become free and hospitals also wind down for the weekend service.