A North West based GP has attributed the current overcrowding crisis in the Irish health service to the lack of community and hospital beds.
Dr Denis McCauley is the Chairperson of the GP Sub Committee of the Irish Medical Organisation.
Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation figures show 639 people were waiting on trolleys yesterday.
Dr. McCauley says the trolley crisis is stopping people from going to hospital:
A national day of protest is to take place outside all major hospitals on Saturday January 21st.
The demonstrations are being organised to send a message to the Government that the current crisis in the hospital sector is unacceptable.
Aontú Leader Peadar Toibín says bad Government policy has created the current crisis.