Saturday April 4, 2020

Supply chain reaction: the equipment shortfall that could cost countless lives

Healthcare workers in Ireland and beyond are fighting to stop the spread of the supervirus – but widespread shortages of face masks, ventilators and respirators are causing acute anxiety among Ireland‘s doctors and nurses

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

22nd March, 2020
A medical worker wears protective goggles as she prepares to measure motorists’ body temperatures

Healthcare workers “deserve more than soundbites”. So said Dr Nick Flynn, a Cork-based GP, when asked about the level of protective equipment being provided to doctors and nurses on the frontline of the battle against Covid-19 last week.

While the HSE and government officials have sought to reassure medical staff on the issue, the workers themselves have said they are grappling with a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks at...

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