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BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 11 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d133

Record numbers of Irish patients wait for hospital beds: Some 570 patients were waiting for hospital beds in Ireland’s public hospital emergency departments on 5 January, the highest number since records began in 2004. Cuts to healthcare budgets and an outbreak of H1N1 flu are blamed. The Irish health budget for 2011 has been cut by 5.7% (€765m (£635m; $990m)).

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