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From top: Bryan Dobson; HSE Specialist in Public Health Medicine Dr Sarah Doyle 

This lunchtime.

On RTÉ Radio One’s News At One.

Dr Sarah Doyle, Specialist in Public Health Medicine, spoke to Bryan Dobson about the contact-tracing controversy.

Thousands of people, who have tested positive for Covid-19 have recieved texts today telling them to carry out their own contact-tracing.

From their conversation:

Bryan Dobson: “Is it inevitable that infections will be missed as a result?”

Dr Sarah Doyle: “Well, I think that, and you’ve just mentioned Bryan, that people who may receive potentially shocking news and I would acknowledge that this will come as a shock to some people and then some people may take it somewhat in their stride, and it might be more difficult for others. And what I would say is to people to draw a breath, sit down, maybe have a chat with a friend and just reflect on what we’re asking people to do in this, is to identify their close contacts.

“Obviously, if they’re unwell, they would still need to phone their GP and make contact with them. And I guess what this is about and what contact tracing is about, and it’s a part of a number of different public health measures, to manage this pandemic. What it is about is identifying as many people at risk of spreading infection as possible and ensuring that they do…”

Dobson: “Yes…”

Doyle: “…what is needed to prevent the spread of infection. So…”

Dobson: “But do you…”

Doyle: “…those people who have had positive test results they now get a text message as soon as we have that result, they get that result…”

Dobson: “Yeah…but can you…”

Doyle: “… and from that point they should be self-isolating….”

Dobson: “OK…”

Doyle: “….and cutting down claims of transmission…”

Dobson: “Are you….”

Doyle: “…and…identifying close contacts. Acknowledging that obviously it is not…”

Dobson: “Doctor Doyle, it’s a straightforward question. Do you accept that infections will be missed as a result of this?”


Dobson: “And I think we seem to have lost our link to Dr Sarah Doyle, of the HSE. No, she’s gone? Ok, well we’ll continue on this….”

Earlier: Trace The Blame


Above from left: Paul Reid, CEO, HSE; Anne O’Connor, Chief Operations Officer, HSE; and Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE.

This afternoon.

Steevens’  Lane, Dublin 8.

The media briefing for the weekly HSE operational update on the response to Covid-19.


Paul Reid, HSE CEO, said 238 people are in hospital with Covid-19, an increase of 24 on last night.

The number of people in intensive care units has fallen slightly to 29.

He said of the 8,500 people who have contracted Covid-19 between 29th September and 12th October, 245 people have been admitted to hospital, and 22 admitted to ICU.

Mr Reid said 25% of these hospitalisations have been in people under 35, 27% have been aged 35-64 and 47% are in the 65 and over category.

He said nine people aged 35-64 have been admitted to ICU in this time period and 13 have been aged 65 and over.

HSE sees ‘concerning growth’ in hospitalisations (RTÉ)

Earlier: Scales Fall

Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly

Last night.

Patient advocate and father-of- three John Wall, aged 49, from Quin, Co Clare, who, following a diagnosis of terminal prostate cancer, had his Emergency Medical Card abruptly revoked and then restored last year by then Minister for Health Simon Harris.

John had got assurances that a commitment to review the Terminal Illness Card with specific reference to the current necessity to be have a prognosis of 12 months or less left to live, would be addressed.

However, all reference to the card was omitted from Budget 2021 material supplied yesterday.


Previously: John Wall on Broadsheet

From left: Minister of State in the Department of Health, Mary Butler; HSE CEO Paul Reid this morning launching the Health Service Executive’s Winter Plan

This morning.

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Setanta Place, Dublin.

The new Health Service Executive’s Winter Plan has been published.


Under the 30-page plan, approved by the Department of Health, most of the extra €600m in funding is to be provided next year – €200m will be spent this year and €400m next year.

The Winter Plan covers the period from now up to April 2021.

The plan promises 20,000 more planned procedures. It says that trolley counts will be cut by 30%.

Also 20 Community Assessment Hubs are to be in place to help keep patients out of hospital.

It is unclear exactly how many extra medical, nursing and other health staff will be recruited to service these extra beds and what facilities are to be put in place.

Just under five million extra home support hours are to be provided


HSE delivers details of Winter Plan for health service (RTÉ)


Part of The Report Card for the HSE/Department of Health Covid tracker app includes reference to Google Firebase and Twillo possibly obtaining patient data

This morning/afternoon.

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and Digital Rights Ireland (DRI) have issued a report card evaluating the HSE/Department of Health Covid-19 tracker app prior to its launch.

How did it do?

Regarding the app’s efficacy, experts have given the app a D.

Dr Stephen Farrell, Research Fellow, School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin (speaking in a personal capacity, said:

“We have no clear evidence before us that the app accurately detects close contacts to Covid-19. In the alternative, our independent research shows that app signalling accuracy varies substantially depending on user environments.”

Regarding the app’s clear and limited purpose, experts have given the app a D.

ICCL’s Information Rights Director Elizabeth Farries said:

“European data protection guidance says Covid-19 apps must pursue a single purpose of contact tracing to alert people potentially exposed to Covid-19. Unfortunately, location data and symptom tracking extend beyond this single purpose.”

Regarding the app’s statutory oversight, experts have given the app a C.

Digital Rights Ireland Director Antóin Ó Lachtnáin said:

“We would question the legal basis of consent the government appears to be relying on under the GDPR. Furthermore, long term, we are very concerned that Google/Apple will have ultimate control over most of the EU’s Covid-19 app ecosystem, and not our governments.”

We’re not angry.

Just disappointed.


Full report card here.

Experts Issue Pre-Release Report Card on the HSE Covid-19 Tracker App (ICCL)



Department of Health, Baggott Street, Dublin 2.

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett (middle pic centre) joined protesters from the Campaign for an All- Ireland National Health Service (CAINHS) which was launched last month and who held a National Day of Action yesterday.

Yesterday: The Cost Of Going Private

Leah Farrell/RollingNews


Terry Pattinson writes:

I was tested for Coronavirus in Dun Laoghaire [County Dublin]on Friday, May 15 and this leaflet (above) was handed to me. It recommends (twice!) keeping a distance of 1 metre (3 feet) from other people.

It amazes me that there has been no comment on the fact that the HSE has already printed and is distributing advice leaflets which state: ‘Keeping a distance of more than 1 metre (3 feet) from other people is recommended.’


Ministers to question Chief Medical Officer over two metre social distancing rule (RTÉ)

Paul Reid, HSE CEO this morning

This morning.

O’Brien Centre for Science, UCD, Dublin 4.

Via Irish Times:

“We need to improve where we’ve been at,” he {Paul Reid, CEO HSE][ said, while defending progress made to date. “We have faced very significant backlogs which resulted in a very poor experience for many people,” he said, adding the HSE had been “rightly judged and held to account”.

…His comments come amid scrutiny of the State’s contact tracing and testing process, seen as a key element of relaxing restrictions on movement and other measures over the summer.

Experts have said current timelines are too slow relative to where they should be to help ensure the disease is kept under control as lockdown measures are relaxed.,,,

Coronavirus: HSE says new three-day target for testing and tracing to be introduced (Irish Times)


That’ll learn him.