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The IHCA warns that the current draft plan “lacks clear, concrete, workable recommendations to provide the increased capacity that is needed”.
“The IHCA feels strongly that the Action Plan must confirm the overall objective that no patient should have to wait on a trolley after the decision to admit has been taken in an emergency department,” says Dr Gerard Crotty, President of the IHCA.
“This is essential from a medical care perspective. Targets for the delivery of acute care should be based on medical need and not budget limits, which are inadequate.
“Furthermore, additional beds and appropriate front line staffing levels must be provided to address the chronic overcrowding in acute hospitals and the trolley crisis, which is creating unacceptable levels of risk and danger to patients.
“We feel the draft Action Plan lacks clear, concrete, workable recommendations to provide the increased capacity that is needed.”