Fears that Covid-19 crisis may delay treatments for patients with other serious illnesses

While trolley counts have plummeted as people avoid hospitals, some urgent referrals are not being met quickly enough

29th March, 2020
Fears that Covid-19 crisis may delay treatments for patients with other serious illnesses
There are signs that the fear factor is keeping some patients away from emergency departments. Picture: Getty

As outpatient appointments are cancelled and non-urgent procedures and surgeries delayed, there are fears that as Covid-19 overwhelms the health service, people with other serious illnesses may suffer.

The Symptomatic Breast Health Unit at the Mater Hospital in Dublin told GPs that it was “no longer in a position to accept referrals at this time”.

It said this would be reviewed on on ongoing basis but it would appear that patients in north...

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