There are 70 patients on trolleys at Cork University Hospital waiting for admission to a hospital bed, according to the latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

The INMO said 565 people are on trolley in emergency departments and wards waiting for a hospital bed, down on yesterday's figure of 583 and down on the same day last year, when it recorded 575 patients waiting.

Other hospitals badly affected are Letterkenny University Hospital with 46 patients on trolleys and University Hospital Galway with 44.

The Health Service Executive’s 'TrolleyGar' figures show that 12 patients have been waiting more than 24 hours in the emergency department at UHG.

Overall, overcrowding levels are at 416 patients around the country - down by 2.8% on the same day last year, the figures show.

Nationally, 62 patients have been waiting over 24 hours for admission to a bed.

Other hospitals badly affected are Cork University Hospital with 42 patients waiting and University Hospital Waterford with 37 patients waiting.

The HSE figures just count patients in emergency departments who are waiting for admission to a bed.