There are more than 500 people waiting on hospital trolleys again today

There are more than 500 people waiting on hospital trolleys again today.

The total of 543 means it’s the second day in a row the figure has passed the 500 mark.

The worst affected is Cork University Hospital where there are 46 people lying on makeshift beds.

There are 68 people waiting on trolleys today in hospitals servicing the Northern Sound region, 22 people are waiting in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda and 20 people are waiting at Sligo Regional Hospital.

In Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Navan, 26 people are on trolleys while there is no one waiting in Cavan General Hospital.

The Health Minister Simon Harris last week apologised for the problem, but has so far failed to bring the numbers down.