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The health sector in Ireland is in dire straits

Dublin: Ireland’s hospitals are overcrowded due to an uncontrollable influx of patients, including those with COVID-19. After all the limits of the hospitals have been exceeded, the patients suffering from various infectious diseases and those who need urgent treatment are in the same situation. Due to a lack of beds, hundreds of patients are suffering.

All hospitals, big and small, are equally struggling to treat patients. Patients are queuing in emergency rooms because they are unable to see GPs directly in hospitals. The spread of influenza, COVID, and respiratory diseases has resulted in a significant increase in the number of patients. At the same time, 737 people in the country were confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 yesterday. 35 of them are in intensive care units.

GP reports that hospitals, including Letterkenny University Hospital, are in code black. They are unable to handle people with influenza and other illnesses. After the Strep A outbreak, there was also a shortage of antibiotics.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization (INMO) said this was unprecedented in the history of the country’s hospitals. Phil Ni Sheaghdha, the organization’s general secretary, called on public and private hospitals to collaborate to alleviate hospital overcrowding and prevent the situation from worsening.

Additional clinics may open.

The Health Service Executive is attempting to open more clinics in order to alleviate overcrowding, but it is unknown how many GPs will volunteer to work on the new scheme. This was discussed between the HSE and the Irish Medical Organisation.

The IMO plans to hold additional clinics between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Concerns have also been raised that the new scheme will overburden GPs, who are already stressed due to increased workload. Meanwhile, the new scheme is on its way. We need to know how the GPs will see it.

Even the emergency department has no beds.

Dr. Fergal Hickey, president of the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine, said that emergency departments are under a lot of pressure. According to him, the problem is exacerbated by a lack of beds.

Ireland has 2.8 acute hospital beds per 1,000 people, compared to 4.3 in the OECD. There is no hope that this situation can be changed by increasing the working hours of GPs or giving them overtime. Hickey stated.

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