The number of patients waiting for a bed in Letterkenny hospital has doubled overnight.

Figures from the Irish Nurses' and Midwives' Organisation (INMO) claim there were 13 patients on trolleys and in wards yesterday (Tuesday) - but the INMO today claims the total has shot up to 30.

It has said there are some 17 people on trolleys and 13 in wards at Letterkenny University Hospital (pictured).

It is the highest figure of the week at LUH.

The highest figure in Ireland today is at University Hospital Galway, according to the INMO, which claims there are 47 patients waiting for a bed in the Galway hospital.

Meanwhile, there has been a rise of 12 per cent since the start of the year in the number of patients who are awaiting surgery at Letterkenny's hospital, according to figures released by the National Treatment Purchase Fund.

Its figures show that there were 2,752 people awaiting procedures during August, compared to 2,452 in January.

Donegal TD Pearse Doherty of Sinn Fein has hit out at the figures, claiming they show that the hospital cannot cope with the demand for patient care.

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