Most A&E cases seen in six hours, claims Drumm
Published 15/02/2010 | 05:00
THE HSE's top official claimed yesterday almost 19 out of every 20 patients attending emergency departments are seen, treated and sent home within six hours.
HSE chief Professor Brendan Drumm was defending the performance of the country's A &E units, following a report from the Comptroller and Auditor General which found the waiting time for admission was "unsatisfactorily long in most cases".
The independent analysis found that the numbers waiting over 12 hours for admission was increasing.
Speaking on RTE's 'This Week' programme, Prof Drumm said out of the 3,300 people a day who attend A&E units around the country, 94pc of them were in and out within six hours. Between five to 700 of them were admitted immediately.
Prof Drumm stressed that "this is not a supermarket business" but one where people arrived with broken bones or chest pains; and, because of this, many patients had to be observed over a number of hours.