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Thursday, December 2, 2021

4,400 HSE staff off work due to Covid-19 – Reid

Health Service Executive (HSE) chief Paul Reid has announced that 4,400 HSE staff are off work due to Covid-19 while urging the public to take action as pressure mounts on the health service.

Reid stated that “our health system alone cannot get us out of this” while adding that it’s up to the public to control the situation through individual actions.

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While speaking on RTÉ radio’s News at One, Reid stated that nearly a third of ICU beds in the State was occupied by Covid-19 patients while a further 250 people were on advanced respiratory support on non-invasive ventilators.

He also stated that the number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals has risen by 20% in one week.

Although hospitals are under significant pressure, outbreaks in nursing homes and congregated settings are down which Reid attributed to the booster vaccine.

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On the subject of booster vaccines, Reid stated that he hopes the scheme will alleviate the pressure caused by HSE absences.

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

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