Keeping tabs on a care crisis

The national director of acute hospitals admits to shortfalls, but says the situation is improving, writes Susan Mitchell.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
23rd February, 2014
Ian Carter, national director of acute hospitals: Any emergency department that is full of patients on trolleys makes care difficult to deliver.' Picture: Feargal Ward

Recently it emerged that a patient at one of the country's busiest emergency departments had an unobserved heart attack for an unknown period of time.

The male patient was not being adequately monitored in the Tallaght Hospital emergency department, which was under-resourced and overcrowded.

Dr James Gray, a consultant at the emergency department, lodged a complaint with health watchdog Hiqa. Gray then took to the national airwaves. Tallaght and very many other emergency departments are...

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