Doctors oppose A&E crisis plans

Plans by the Health Service Executive to tackle overcrowding in accident and emergency departments are facing opposition from hospital doctors.

15th April, 2006

Plans by the Health Service Executive to tackle overcrowding in accident and emergency departments are facing opposition from hospital doctors.

New targets for hospital admissions and discharges to relieve the A&E crisis are unlikely to be met this weekend, following criticism from the Medical Council and the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO).

The IMO’s outgoing president, Dr Asam Ishtiaq, said the new targets appeared ‘‘to be an interference with the clinical autonomy of doctors’’....

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