A record number of people are waiting on a bed at hospitals across the country today again.
According to the INMO, a record number of 714 people are waiting for beds today.
"They took the view they would leave it to each hospital and the situation developed over the week, (with numbers on trolleys) rising every single day".
The Government has been urged to declare an emergency status in hospitals as overcrowding reaches record levels.More news: Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) Stake Increased by Bristol Advisors LLC
She added: "This upsurge was predictable and the INMO warned against inaction or insufficient action in the wake of Storm Emma".
These patients, who are regularly categorised as being "on trolleys", have not been allocated a ward bed, and typically have to wait along corridors but are also moved between general locations where space allows.
"It is unfortunate for both healthcare staff and patients that these warnings were not heeded and that emergency measures sought have not been put in place".
Fianna Fáil health spokesperson Billy Kelleher has described the latest INMO figures as "absolutely deplorable".More news: SA lender VBS Mutual Bank put into administration
"Last week was the worst week ever experienced for emergency department overcrowding".
Meanwhile, Minister for Health Simon Harris is floundering as he finds himself way out of his depth, unable to do anything other than throw an extra 5m at the problem.
NHI said it undertook a survey last week of private and voluntary nursing homes that showed there were 537 beds available within 114 nursing homes.
The cross-party Sláintecare report published last May clearly stated that addressing ED overcrowding required a system wide response, including the need to enhance primary and social care services to provide patient centred care, which would reduce the over-reliance on public hospitals, he said.More news: Colombia: FARC performs poorly in first electoral test
Bosses are asking people to go to their GP instead, if possible.