Ireland ‘not prepared for disease epidemic’

The head of the surveillance service for infectious diseases has expressed concern that the public-health sector could not cope with a major outbreak of infectious disease, such as a flu epidemic.

11th March, 2006

The head of the surveillance service for infectious diseases has expressed concern that the public-health sector could not cope with a major outbreak of infectious disease, such as a flu epidemic.

Dr Darina O’Flanagan, director of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, told The Sunday Business Post that the failure to fill specialist public health posts and the absence of 24-hour cover is putting unnecessary pressure on those working in the public health system.

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