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The organisation says that its members are reporting a “growing loss of confidence on the part of elderly patients in Emergency Departments”.
“Our members and all health care professionals are working tirelessly in this crisis and will continue to do so despite the fact that some of their workplaces are now more like warzones than hospitals,” said Professor Trevor Duffy, President of the IMO
“But the HSE itself has acknowledged the health risk this crisis is causing for patients who are stuck in the system and we are also seeing increasing instances where patients who need to be seen by Emergency specialists are refusing to go into the system because of what they have seen and heard about the crisis.”
Dr. Ray Walley, Chairman of the GP Committee of the IMO said that he had reports from doctors across the country who were recounting instances of elderly patients refusing to attend at ED.
“It is just not possible to cater for patients who need emergency care in their homes or in GP surgeries and there is a real risk now of the wider health system becoming log-jammed as a result of the blockage in the Emergency Departments.”