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Thursday, December 9, 2021

Government criticised for failing to prepare health system for Covid-19

The Irish Government have been criticised for failing to prepare the healthcare system for Covid-19.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald accused the Government of being “a day late and a dollar short” on hospital capacity.

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McDonald said: “The failure of the Government to prepare for the Covid surge has created enormous pressure.”

“This lack of foresight has continued throughout this pandemic,” she continued.

“Even in the recent Budget, you tinkered around the edges on ICU capacity.”

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The Taoiseach defended Governments efforts to bolster hospital beds in the system, promising at least 340 by the end of the year.

Michéal Martin said: “The key issue is not resources now because the Government has provided resources for intensive care beds and for hospital beds and for additional staff.”

“It’s the speed at which we can recruit and provide the entire capacity that an ICU bed requires.”

“We haven’t had prolonged restrictions. We have re-opened the economy and we have re-opened society.”

IMAGE – “Dáil Éireann – Election of Taoiseach” by House of the Oireachtas (CCBY2.0)

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