Hospitals lack capacity for flu pandemic

Ireland does not have the capacity to deal with a flu pandemic, with overcrowding at hospital emergency departments hampering any proper response, the head of the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine has warned.

2nd May, 2009

Ireland does not have the capacity to deal with a flu pandemic, with overcrowding at hospital emergency departments hampering any proper response, the head of the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine has warned.

Fergal Hickey, president of the IAEM, said that overcrowding, coupled with a lack of appropriate isolation facilities, would make it difficult for acute hospitals to cope if the swine flu, or H1N1 virus, became a full-blown pandemic.

‘‘Our capacity to deal...

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