77 patients are waiting on hospital trolleys across the south east this lunchtime.

The number represents a decrease from yesterday’s figure, which is down by ten from 87.

The worst hospital in the region was St. Luke’s, Kilkenny, which has 27 patients waiting on a proper bed.

Meanwhile, more than 500 people waiting on trolleys for beds again today.

The total of 543 means it is the second day in a row the figure has passed the 500 mark.

The worst affected is Cork University Hospital where there are 46 people lying on makeshift beds.

The Health Minister Simon Harris last week apologised for the problem, but has so far failed to bring the numbers down.