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Hospital overcrowding set to continue, senior health chief warns

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Hospital overcrowding  set to continue, senior health chief warns

Unprecedented levels of overcrowding that affected the country’s hospitals last week are set to continue, a senior health chief has warned.

Around 300 patients are on trolleys this afternoon which is 300 less than the peak of over 600 on Tuesday.

Health Minister Simon Harris has said he is sorry for what Irish people are experiencing in the health service while the HSE announced a range of initiatives to resolve the crisis.

However, Damien McCallion, the HSE’s Director for Emergency Management with responsibility for the Winter Initiative admitted: "We know the next three months are going to be challenging.

"We can't absolutely say when certain other peaks will happen or the number of beds closed on any particular week can change due to infection control.

"So we have to try and manage the current situation and deal with it."