Clonmel hospital has 32 patients on trolleys today (Friday)

Third highest number in the country

Clonmel hospital has 32 patients on trolleys today (Friday)

Days after a senior consultant at South Tipperary General Hospital warned of an overcrowding 'disaster' at the hospital this winter, latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Association's Trolley Watch report show that there are 32 patients on trolleys in the Clonmel hospital this Friday.

That's the third highest figure in the country after Limerick with 45 and Cork with 35.

The highest number on trolleys at a Dublin hospital is 27 at Tallaght.

Consultant Dr Paud O'Regan warned earlier this week that the hospital will not be able to cope with the surge in demand for beds this winter without steps being taken to alleviate the pressure.

There were hopes that a 40-bed 'patient hotel' would be in place by late October but funding has not been provided in the HSE budget.

The numbers on trolleys in Clonmel on Wednesday was 22 and on Thursday, 23.