The Irish Nurses and Midwives' Organisation has said there are 541 people on trolleys in emergency departments and wards awaiting admission to a hospital bed.

University Hospital Limerick is the worst affected with 70 patients waiting, while there are 68 patients on trolleys at Cork University Hospital and 45 at South Tipperary General Hospital.

There are 41 people on trolleys at University Hospital Waterford, with 25 at the Mater Hospital in Dublin.

The INMO said 390 people are on trolleys in emergency departments around the country, with 151 on wards.