The Emergency Department Task Force met today for the first time in around 20 months.

The meeting with members was held online amid rising overcrowding in hospitals.

The last meeting was on 20 January last year and further meetings did not take place due to the pandemic.

Figures from the Health Service Executive today show that the level of overcrowding in emergency departments is up 47% on this day last year.

It puts the number of patients waiting in emergency departments at 303.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation said its figures show there 396 patients waiting admission to a hospital bed this morning.

According to the INMO's Trolley Watch, 325 patients are waiting in emergency departments, while 71 are in wards elsewhere.

Cork University Hospital has 62 admitted patients waiting for a bed, while there are 46 at Letterkenny University Hospital and 35 at University Hospital Limerick.

The meeting discussed what escalation measures should be put in place in hospitals if numbers continue to rise.