Homecare CEO says there is nowhere for the bedblockers to go

649 patients are on trolleys and wards this morning, down from a record high of 714 yesterday.

University Hospital Limerick is still the most overcrowded, with 58 patients waiting on a bed.

Today the numbers are down to 21 in Sligo University Hospital and to 14 in Letterkenny University Hospital.

Yesterday the Health Minister announced an extra 5 million euro for the HSE to spend on home care packages.

CEO of Homecare Direct, Michael Harty says speeding up the discharge of patients is sensible but providers have too little capacity and he fears it’s a PR exercise by the Health Minister Simon Harris: