Emergency Department Taskforce to discuss overcrowding crisis today

The Emergency Department Taskforce is meeting around now (9am) to discuss overcrowding in hospitals.
It comes after the number of patients on trolleys hit an all-time high of 612 on Tuesday.
Last night the HSE announced an extra 63 acute beds and 60 step down beds across 10 hospitals.
But some experts say there aren’t enough nurses to staff those extra beds.
The HSE has been accused of doing a patch job on the health service every year, with doctors saying it’s underfunded and over-pressured.
GPs – who’ve been left out of today’s discussion – say action and not talk is needed.
The number of people waiting on trolleys hit an all-time high on Tuesday and has stayed around the 600 mark all week.
Minister Simon Harris has apologised over the situation, and the emergency task force is meeting this morning to discuss what to do.