The Chief Clinical Officer of the Health Service Executive (HSE) Dr. Colm Henry has said he is worried about the nations health service this winter.
The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has raised concerns over the past week over a recent spike in cases across the country.
Currently under 10% of the adult population remains unvaccinated, and they account for roughly half of those hospitalised with the virus, and two-thirds in ICU.
Dr. Colm Henry said today that the country is in a much better position than it was previous to vaccines.
Henry was asked if he was concerned about the health system becoming overwhelmed this winter, to which he replied: “We’re heading into a difficult winter, there’s no doubt about that.”
“Last year we configured our health system almost to be a Covid-only healthcare system. Now we’re delivering acute care, unscheduled care, we’re trying to catch up on waiting lists, we’re trying to restore normal services and catch up on all of that lost activity,” he continued.
“We’re running a Covid-configured service because our Emergency Department still need to be mindful that anyone coming in with a fever or cough could have Covid. But the risk in terms of the numbers of Covid cases translating through to hospitalisations is greatly weakened.”
“I am worried about the health service this winter because we’re delivering a Covid-configured service.”
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