The Health Minister is blaming hospital managers for the surge in patients on A and E trollies during the winter months.
James Reilly says the surge is not down to increased sickness -
but rather to badly organised staffing arrangements over the holiday period.
Speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties - Minister Reilly also announced plans to cut the budgets of hospitals which fail to clear waiting lists for patients in need of treatment longer than 12 months.
The Minister says these hospitals will have their patients transferred elsewhere - and their budgets cut:
But, Senator John Crown who is a consultant oncologist, says there are simple reasons for the long waiting lists at Irish hospitals: