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‘Real and serious threat to patients’ – Doctors warn lives are in danger due to overwhelmed hospitals

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Doctors have warned the hospital overcrowding crisis poses a persistent and serious danger to patients that cannot be ignored, doctors have warned today.

The patient’s life is at risk, and we can’t accept the status quo anymore,” Dr Mick Molloy, a consultant in the emergency department, told the Oireachtas Health committee.

“Emergency department overcrowding is associated with increased mortality (within 30 days) and poorer outcomes for patients, and it also affects staff, with physicians across the globe. The health service department goes through high levels of stress and burnout.”

Dr Molloy, who represents the Health Organization of Ireland (IMO), was among a number of representatives of medical associations before the committee to articulate the extent of the ongoing overcrowding.

“Covid-19 shows the fragility of our health services but does not cause it,” he said. “The absence of any potential spike in our health system meant that non-urgent care was canceled while staff were absent, combined with regulatory requirements. infection, the capacity decreases further.

“It is important to note that the elective care cancellation policy was in place before Covid, because HSEOur full capacity protocol has been adopted in many hospitals on a 24/7 basis.

“When the current Taoiseach [Micheál Martin] As Minister of Health more than 20 years ago, the need for hospital bed capacity was determined to be an additional 5,000 beds. Since that time, there has been little positive growth in capacity, but our population has grown by more than a million.

“We are now at a point where we have dreaded waiting lists, an inability to provide timely care, and too few doctors in the network. This represents a real and serious threat to the patient. ”

A representative from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization (INMO) said: “We are rapidly going back to the bad old days of consistently seeing high numbers of patients in bed, but we have so familiar with these numbers that he heard stories of patients waiting for trolleys for more than 54 hours. ”

Phil Ní Sheaghdha, union head surname.

“State agencies like the Department of Health, HIQA and HSE need to step up their responsibilities here and take drastic action. It is extremely disappointing that the HSE did not prioritize convening the Department of Emergencies Task Force despite numerous requests.

“Our members are not only under tremendous pressure due to the global pandemic, but now endemic to frequent overcrowding is having a significant impact on the mental and physical health of our employees. ,” She added.

A survey of union nurses found:

• At University Hospital Galway, 96.32pc said that based on their professional assessment, their current staffing levels and skill mix in their area were not suitable to meet their job needs. patient and clinical. Of these, 65.75pc felt that patient safety was put at risk “often”, “very often” or “always”.

• At University Hospital Limerick, 80.64pc said they always or often felt tired at the end of the day and 61.29pc said they always or often felt exhausted at the thought of another working day.

• At Midlands Regional Tullamore, 76.27pc said their work environment was either highly or very mentally exhausting.

• At University Hospital Cork, 71.71pc reported that they worked overtime for free over your contracted hours in the past 12 months.

• At Kerry University Hospital, 89.81pc said that based on their professional assessment, their current staffing levels and skill mix in their area were not suitable to meet their job needs. patient and clinical. Of these, 79.78pc consider patient safety to be at risk “often”, “very often” or “always”.

• At Connolly Hospital, 74.47pc said they felt pressured to work overtime.

• At the University Hospital of St. Vincent, 65.82pc said that they considered leaving their current workplace due to workplace stress in the last month.

• At Letterkenny University Hospital, 87pc that they always or often feel tired at the end of the day.

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