A “modest investment” in elective surgery during the winter surge in hospital activity is the practical solution to the predictable annua
'Modest investment' in elective surgery during winter surge is practical solution to annual crisis

'Modest investment' in elective surgery during winter surge is practical solution to annual crisis

'Modest investment' in elective surgery during winter surge is practical solution to annual crisis

'Modest investment' in elective surgery during winter surge is practical solution to annual crisis

'Modest investment' in elective surgery during winter surge is practical solution to annual crisis

'Modest investment' in elective surgery during winter surge is practical solution to annual crisis
'Modest investment' in elective surgery during winter surge is practical solution to annual crisis
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A “modest investment” in elective surgery during the winter surge in hospital activity is the practical solution to the predictable annual crisis, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has claimed.

RCSI president, Kenneth Mealy, said people's frustration and annoyance with the current hospital overcrowding crisis and its impact on planned surgeries across the country was understandable and justifiable.

“We share the frustration of the public, healthcare staff and indeed that of the HSE chief executive, Paul Reid,” said Mr Mealy.

“The current situation which sees patients across the country on trolleys, demoralised staff working to provide high-quality care under immense pressure, and elective surgical patients having their surgeries cancelled must be addressed."

RCSI said the current approach to reducing waiting lists by providing €100m each year to the National Treatment Purchase Fund was “wasteful” and “did nothing” to protect elective surgery that decreased by 15% when the winter surge in demand occurred each year.

Mr Mealy said it was important to clarify that elective surgery was not optional surgery – cancer surgery was elective because it was scheduled in advance.

“Elective surgery is often critical, urgent and life-saving and, in many cases, patients will have already waited a considerable period of time for their surgery,” he pointed out.

Mr Mealy said ring-fencing elective surgical beds in the country's acute hospitals would go a “long way” in preventing the annual crisis.

“In Cork, for example, Cork University Hospital and Mercy Hospital have both been instructed to stop elective surgery. South Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital has the capacity and modest investment there would allow for increased elective surgery for patients in Cork year-round."

He also suggested that some form of public-private partnership that would see the public system buy theatre time and beds for scheduled elective surgeries from the private hospitals would provide immediate relief in for public hospitals and reduce waiting time for patients.

Meanwhile, there were 579 admitted patients awaiting beds in acute hospitals on Tuesday, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

University Hospital Limerick was the worst affected hospital with 51 patients waiting, followed by Mayo University Hospital that had 46 and University Hospital Galway with 43.

Last week was the worst ever for hospital overcrowding with over 3,000 waiting for a bed, according to an analysis by the INMO.

The 760 patients on trolleys on both Monday and Tuesday last week was the highest ever numbers on a single day.

INMO members count admitted patients waiting for a bed in the emergency department and on wards.

According to the HSE's TrolleyGAR that only records patients in EDs there were 376 waiting on trolleys on Tuesday, with 174 waiting over nine hours for a bed. This represents an 11% decrease when compared to last year when there were 423 patients on trolleys, with 193 waiting over nine hours.

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McDonald: Election is because government could not win confidence motion in Health Minister

McDonald: Election is because government could not win confidence motion in Health Minister

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald says Ireland is having the election because the government could not win a confidence motion in their Minister for Health, Simon Harris.

“It’s a symbol of their failures and we are now offering a choice to the electorate, the choice is for more of the same or for change,” she said.

“Sinn Féin will stand up for communities, workers and families, we’ll give workers and families a break.

“This is about the kind of Ireland we want to create and live in, and the electorate will have to ask themselves these questions: Who do they believe will put money back in their pocket?

“Who do they believe will take on the insurance industry and other vested interests? Who do they believe can deliver a huge council house building programme and affordable housing?

“Who do they believe will plan for their future? And the answer to all of these questions is Sinn Féin will.”

Ms McDonald added that although they are open to speaking to both major political parties, “the first people who have to be consulted are the citizens of this land”.

“People know that for all the talk of economic recovery, many, many families actually have less money in their pocket than they had three of four years ago,” she said.

“The people are first, the political establishment are a very, very distant second to them.

Their track record is plain to see, we’re in an election because the government know they cannot continue defending their desperate record in health provision and the Fine Gael-Fianna Fail coalition has collapsed and here we are.

Although her party suffered major losses in the previous local elections last year, Ms McDonald said she was looking forward to her first general election as party leader.

“We’re going to run a very vigorous campaign, I’m looking forward to it, I like being out on the stump, I like meeting people and it’s a welcome relief from the political show that can go on in the Dail,” she said.

“We’re setting out to defend the seats that we hold, we’re confident we can do that, we don’t underestimate the challenge, but we’re confident.

“Every election is about convincing people voter by voter and there is no room for complacency.

“This campaign will be very different, we’ve listened, we’ve learned, we’ve been very honest with each other.

“This time you’ll see a clear policy platform for workers for families, for those people who hear about economic recovery but aren’t experiencing it in their lives, critically for us, for people who don’t have a secure roof over their head.”

Homeowners threatened with large knife after house robbed in Dublin

Homeowners threatened with large knife after house robbed in Dublin

Homeowners were threatened with a large knife after their house was robbed in Dublin.

At around 1am on Sunday thieves broke into a house at Sundale Park in Tallaght while a baby slept upstairs.

A Playstation 4 and an iPhone 6 were stolen during the burglary.

The parents of the baby say when they looked out the window the thieves waved a large chef knife at them.

In a statement, gardaí said they are investigating "an incident of burglary that occurred at a premises at Sundale Park, Tallaght, Dublin 24 on 12 January 2020 at approximately 1.30am.

"A number of items were taken. Investigations are ongoing."

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