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High Covid-19 hospitalisations will affect hospital waiting lists – IMO

Those on hospital waiting lists may have to wait longer as Covid-19 hospitalisation numbers remain high across the country according to the President of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) Dr. Ina Kelly.

This follows a warning from the IMO that healthcare services have been hit by a “perfect storm”.


While speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Dr. Kelly said that although hospital numbers have stabilised, they still remain high and continue to put hospitals under immense pressure.

With nearly one million people on hospital waiting lists, Dr. Kelly said that every bed that is used by a Covid patient is a bed denied to someone requiring treatment for other conditions.

Stressing the importance of vaccinations, Dr. Kelly said that they are not working as effectively as hoped and as a result, she is urging the public to prioritise health measures such as social distancing, hand hygiene and mask-wearing.


She also urged people on waiting lists to be patient as healthcare staff are tired and exhausted as up to 3,500 staff are absent due to Covid-19-related illness which has placed immense pressure on hospital staff.

IMAGE – “Two nurses transporting a bed down a hospital corridor” is licensed under CC BY 4.0


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