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The association also criticised what it called the “current national political posturing,” on the issue.
In an angry statement published today the IAEM said “for the HSE and Department of Health to claim improvements in the face of very clear evidence to the contrary…is both disingenuous but also reflects the inertia that pervades both organisations.”
“The planning and resourcing of services to meet the medical needs of the public, particularly when such needs are rising so predictably, is a matter for both the HSE and DoH and the ongoing abdication of responsibility will inevitably result in further patients dying unnecessarily as a result of ED crowding and patients having worse medical outcomes than would otherwise occur,” says the IAEM.
“Not alone do these inferior outcomes potentially cost the lives of our citizens, they typically result in increased medical costs because of longer lengths of hospital stay and incur the costs of dealing with the additional medical complications that would otherwise have been avoided; costs that are both immediate and longer term.
“The current national political posturing that has resulted in ineffectual governance of the state for over a month now and the statements issued by both the HSE and DoH in the face of this worsening crisis will do little to reassure patients and frontline staff in Ireland’s Emergency Departments that these worsening problems are ever going to be addressed by those who have the responsibility to address them. “