The number of people on trolleys expected to hit 1000

The number of people on trolleys is expected to hit a thousand as winter sets in.

That's the warning from the Irish Medical Organisation which says hospitals are already over-stretched.

The President of the Irish Medical Organisation Dr. Peader Gilligan's warning that our hospitals face another chaotic winter, which will put more pressure on our health service.

He says a lack of emergency department resources, a lack of beds and a lack of recruitment will combine to create a "perfect storm".

He says it'll lead to over 1,000 people being left on trolleys.

The IMO President says we'll be told in January that it's a 'flu crisis' or a 'winter crisis' - but it's not. It's a failure of policy.

Dr Gilligan says these demands could be met with investment in both infrastructure and recruitment and that a sustained campaign of hiring- backed fully by government - is needed to fill existing vacancies and improve services.