A total of 42 people are waiting on beds in Portlaoise Hospital this Tuesday afternoon.
Of these 24 are on trolleys and 18 in wards.
The Portlaoise figure is the second highest in the country, behind University Hospital Limerick which has 46.
This is taking place on the day that the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation’s (INMO) Trolley/Ward Watch figure has found that there was a record number of 612 patients, admitted for care, on trolleys in hospitals this Tuesday morning.
Furthermore the INMO figures for the past ten years paints a grim picture. In 2016 Portlaoise had a total of 3,364 people waiting on beds, compared to 469 in 2006.
The 'Save Portlaoise Hospital Again' posted on its Facebook page: "42, the 2nd highest number of people waiting for beds in the country, only behind Limerick who have 46, Tullamore have 41 as do St Luke's in Kilkenny, where are our 42 patients to go in the situation where Portlaoise is downgraded? In Portlaoise today the corridors are FULL, there's nowhere to put people!!!!!! Minister Harris where are you when the department is like a war zone!!!!"
Fr Paddy Byrne tweeted: "42 citizens on trolleys in A+E here in Portlaoise this afternoon. Our government seriously questions the need to maintain this service?"
The INMO noted that, "today's record figure comes at a time when the Organisation’s Trolley/Ward Watch analysis, for 2016, confirmed there were 93,621 admitted patients on trolleys, during 2016 which is also a record figure for a calendar year.
"This figure was entirely predictable arising from the trend running right through November/December, which saw a significant deterioration in the daily trolley watch figures compared to previous years," stated the INMO.
"It should also be noted that today’s record figure, of 612, must be compared to the figure of 495, which occurred in March 2006, when the situation was declared a ‘national emergency’. "