'Someone like Francis Brennan should be working in every emergency department in Ireland' - A&E consultant
Published 23/05/2016 | 19:18
A 'Francis Brennan' equivalent should be working in every emergency department in the country, a leading A&E consultant has said.
Dr Chris Luke of College Hospital, Cork made the suggestion as it has emerged that as many as 50,000 patients are walking out of our hospital A&Es due to the long waiting times and overcrowded conditions.
Someone like Irish hotelier Brennan - who is known for his service standards and meticulous attention to detail - should be there "purely to look after people's comfort", Dr Luke told Newstalk's 'The Right Hook'.
"This is a simple as a glass of water and a chair for everybody involved. And a little bit of privacy, somewhere to charge their phones and perhaps something to read," he said.
"There's someone I've seen today reading seems to have made his way halfway through 'War and Peace' as he waits for a bed."
Figures obtained by the Irish Independent revealed today that an average of 4,000 patients a month who are registering at emergency departments in the hope of being treated are walking out before being discharged.
In October last year, 613 patients left the Mater Hospital in Dublin before discharge and 375 left University Hospital Galway.
During the same month, University Hospital Limerick lost 303 patients in this manner.
Hundreds also deserted the emergency department of Tallaght Hospital and St Vincent's Hospital.