A&E overcrowding puts ops at risk
HOSPITALS have been told to cancel operations if necessary and discharge more patients to ease overcrowding, which has sparked a resurgence of A&E gridlock.
There were 385 people on trolleys nationwide yesterday as hospitals struggled with an influx of patients needing treatment for respiratory illness, flu and the winter vomiting bug.
The HSE said it was taking "immediate steps" to control the overcrowding and hospitals were also on alert for a potential rise in patients suffering broken bones and other accidents this weekend as colder weather gets a grip. Other measures include deploying extra doctors where needed.