Saturday April 4, 2020

HSE calls for calm as doctors raise fears of equipment shortage

Hospital consultants reporting widespread shortage of protective masks and gowns. HSE says these are ‘wartime operations’ and promises that new stock will arrive

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

@susmitchellsbp
22nd March, 2020
Stocks were “running out” in some locations, “leaving frontline staff and their patients in extremely exposed positions

The HSE has sought to play down mounting concerns about a lack of protective equipment for frontline health workers in the face of the starkest warning yet from hospital doctors.

Dr Donal O’Hanlon, president of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA), wrote to Minister for Health Simon Harris on Friday, saying that doctors across the country were reporting widespread shortages of personal protective equipment called PPE. He said stocks were “running out” in some locations,...

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