‘I am nursing a very long time. I never thought I would see anything like this’
GPs are the first line of defence in a health system that’s doing its best to keep Covid in check. But the past week has seen positivity rates of 40 per cent to 50 per cent in communities, putting every stage of that same system under enormous pressure
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, GPs have been the canaries in the coal mine for each new wave of the disease.
By referring patients who are newly symptomatic for Covid-19 tests, the doctors get a sense of how the disease is spreading in the community days before those referrals are translated into national infection statistics.
Knowing that families across the country had gathered in large numbers over Christmas, they were already bracing themselves for an influx...
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Beacon Hospital signs Covid-19 surge capacity deal with HSE
The only private hospital in the state to have rejected deal has now agreed to provide beds to public health system during crisis
We’re paying the price for ignored advice on lifting of lockdowns
The government’s mistake is that it continues to regard public health and economic wellbeing as competing interests, forever diametrically opposed to each other, instead of recognising that one can’t thrive without the other