The Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has rejected criticism of the Government's as-yet unsuccessful efforts to tackle the long-running problem of A&E overcrowding.
Speaking in the Dáil this morning, Mr Ahern insisted that the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive were working to implement the Government's 10-point plan for dealing with the problem.
However, he said it would take time to improve the situation.
The 10-point plan was announced to much fanfare more than a year ago, but the Irish Nurses Organisation say it has failed to make any difference on the ground.
Figures compiled by the INO show that hundreds of people are still waiting on trolleys in A&E units throughout the country ever day.