Wednesday February 19, 2020

Susan Mitchell: Government has shown no urgency to reform health service

What passes for inexcusable in Britain would represent a huge improvement for the Irish health system

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

7th January, 2018

How many more patients have to die needlessly while inertia prevails? This was the blunt question tweeted by the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM) last week.

The answer to the question posed by the doctors’ representative group is hundreds, if not thousands.

An estimated 350 to 400 deaths a year are directly attributable to emergency department overcrowding. Sadly, there is no evidence to suggest that the present government will get a grip on...

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