Thursday July 16, 2020

Irish hospitals in ‘permanent state of emergency’

Irish Association of Emergency Medicine (IAEM) hits out at the government’s failure to address bed crisis

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

27th November, 2016
Irish hospitals are operating at full capacity on an almost daily basis

Alarming new figures show Irish hospitals are operating in a permanent state of crisis and have deployed full capacity protocols – an emergency measure – for much of the year.

Full capacity protocols are supposed to be used as a last resort to alleviate emergency department overcrowding. When they are introduced all elective procedures are “reviewed and cancelled where appropriate” according to the HSE’s guidelines.

Figures show the worst affected hospital,...

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