Tag Archives: A&E crisis

0009fab2-614A scene from an A&E unit, taken secretly by RTÉ News recently

Further to the A&E crisis and ahead of the Irish Nurses and Midwife Organising holding a protest outside the Dáil tomorrow

“The cost of keeping an elderly person in an acute hospital bed is significantly less than in a nursing home, speaking purely in financial terms. There is, however, a much greater personal cost in terms of sleep deprivation, loss of personal dignity and control, and loss of social networks….the frail elderly person, often with some degree of dementia, will find this sleep deprivation to be even more terrifying than the fit young man with a leg fracture. They have no one with whom to develop a relationship, as the other patients constantly change and staff also change about. Those waiting – for three, four, or even more months – in these conditions to have central funding released to allow nursing home care might well be described as victims of institutional abuse. Remember that these people are also required to surrender 80 per cent of their liquid assets and continuing cash flow to obtain a “Fair Deal”.”


Patrick Plunkett, a clinical professor of emergency medicine at St James’s Hospital in Dublin, in today’s Irish Times

‘Granny dumping’ to blame for blocking beds, doctors warn (Philip Ryan, Sunday Independent)

Crisis in emergency departments (Irish Times letter page)

Previously: Corridors Of Power