Over 70% of patients waited more than the 6 hour target time to be admitted to hospital this year.
A new survey by the HSE has also revealed that 84% said their hospital stay was good or very good.
The results from the first ever patient experience survey have been published today and will be used to improve the quality and service in hospitals.
Over 14,000 people responded to the first patient experience survey after a hospital stay in May – of these, over 70% waited more than the six-hour target time to be admitted.
Just under half of people said that they could not always find a member of staff to talk to about their worries or fears – and Rachel says concerns around discharge or transfer showed the greatest need for improvement.
Over a third of patients said they were not involved as much as they would have liked to be in decisions about their care, while food was another area of complaint.
Around 84% of patients said their overall hospital stay was good or very good and that they had confidence in the staff.
This survey will now be completed every year and could be expanded to include other areas such as Maternity Care.