Jan. 5, 2017, 6:33 a.m.
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Over 600 people have been waiting on trolleys in the country's hospitals for each of the past two days, according to figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.
The trade union SIPTU has said ambulances are arriving at emergency departments but have been unable to hand over patients due to overcrowding.
It says the problem has been experienced at around 15 emergency departments.
SIPTU has called on Mr Harris to contact the Health Information and Quality Authority, the regulator of the National Ambulance Service, to brief it on the impact the emergency department crisis is having on the ability of ambulance staff to comply with response times.

http://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0105/842758-health-emergency-departments/