There were 34 people waiting for a bed in Letterkenny University Hospital today, according to latest figures.

The Irish Nurses' and Midwives' Organisation (INMO) claims there are 21 people waiting on trolleys and another 13 waiting in wards.

LUH has the sixth worst bed waiting list in the country, according to the INMO.

Nationally, the INMO claims the figure is 582, including 16 children.

The HSE produces its own figures and these typically to do not tally with those of the INMO and are usually lower.

The HSE today claims the LUH figure is 20 and the national total is 454.

But unlike like the INMO's figures, the HSE's TrolleyGar figures do not give the number of patients who have been placed on wards, but are waiting for admission for a bad, having already been admitted from an emergency department.

The INMO publishes figures every day in its Trolley and Ward Watch report to highlight the issue of overcrowding at hospitals across Ireland.

The report counts the number of patients for whom a decision to admit has been made, but who are still waiting for a bed at 8am.

It records those patients who have been moved to wards or onto trolleys but who are still waiting for a bed.

These patients, who are regularly categorised as being “on trolleys”, have not been allocated a ward bed, and typically have to wait along corridors but are also moved between general locations where space allows.

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