Minister for Health Simon Harris has said that there have been fewer patients on trolleys every day this month than the same time last year.

He said the figures show there were 1,742 fewer patients on trolleys this November than last November.

"Whilst there are still far too many patients on trolleys, I want to see this trend of fewer patients on trolleys continue and be built upon", Mr Harris said.

The figures are taken from the published HSE TrolleyGar figures, which are available online.

Figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation are compiled on a different basis and include those waiting on wards to be admitted to a bed.

The INMO puts the number of patients on trolleys in emergency departments, or on wards today, waiting for admission to a bed at 452.

The hospital worst affected is University Hospital Limerick with 69 patients waiting.