Woman in her 80s on trolley for 36 hours

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Last week it was announced that 50 people were waiting for a bed at the three Midland Regional Hospitals.

This week, the situation is worse, with a total of 61 on trolleys on Tuesday, 29 August – 24 each in Mullingar and Tullamore Hospitals and 13 in Portlaoise.

The day before, the total was 55.

According to the INMO, the worst case of local overcrowding last week was in Mullingar Hospital where 26 patients were awaiting admission. Nationally, 432 people were on trolleys or in already full wards, and on 29 August, there were 412 patients waiting.

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