HSE Chief Paul Reid has said hospitals around the country are under ‘very serious pressure’ as Covid-19 cases remain high.
He told an Oireachtas Health Committee that Ireland is now “firmly in the midst of a fourth surge in Covid-19 infections”.
“The entire health system, both acute hospitals and community are now under very serious pressure,” he said.
He said the HSE has taken immediate measures in response to hospital and ICU pressures.
“I know that the resurgence of the virus, and the response now required, will place even more pressure on staff,” he continued.
He said the winter will cause additional pressures on the health system, but these pressures are “compounded by the massive increase in Covid-19 infections we are currently experiencing”.
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