Coroner warns HSE over ‘unsafe’ emergency departments after death

Inquest report calls for 24-hour consultant cover after delay in treatment led to death of Wexford patient

12th January, 2020
Coroner warns HSE over ‘unsafe’ emergency departments after death

A Dublin coroner has warned the health service to ensure that all emergency departments should have 24-hour cover from consultants in emergency medicine to “prevent future deaths”.

The coroner made the written recommendation in December, after an inquest was held into the death of a patient who presented at Wexford General Hospital and experienced a long delay in accessing an emergency CT scan.

The Irish Association of Emergency Medicine (IAEM), which represents doctors...

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