Almost six thousand people over the age of 75 have spent more than 24 hours in emergency departments so far this year.
678 of those cases were at Galway University Hospital, 66 at the Midlands regional hospital in Mullingar, 5 at Sligo University Hospital and 5 at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.
It follow figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation which show almost 58 thousand people were waiting for a bed at hospitals in the first 7 months of the year.
In the Shannonside region – public hospitals in Galway and Sligo were the worst offenders with 202 and 70 patients waiting on trollies or chairs for treatment last month.
The HSE’s own target aims to have everyone aged 75 and older either discharged or admitted within 24 hours of registration at an ED.
Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher says its pathetic: