Thursday 22 February 2018

Harris's folksy advice no solution for A&E crisis as record numbers on trolleys point to failures

Hospitals struggled to cope with one of the worst days of overcrowding this winter as 541 patients waited for a bed on trolleys. Stock Image
Hospitals struggled to cope with one of the worst days of overcrowding this winter as 541 patients waited for a bed on trolleys. Stock Image
Editorial

Editorial

By popular demand, the Irish Independent will publish our calendar for 2017 on Saturday. But there's a bundle of advance copies being couriered from our offices on Talbot Street in Dublin 1 across the River Liffey to Hawkins House in Dublin 2, the headquarters of the Department of Health and Children.

Health Minister Simon Harris can then learn that next winter will start in November and continue through December and into January. Therefore, perhaps, he can be better prepared for the onset of the season of the year in 2017 which puts most pressure on hospital services.

The minister and his officials in the department and the HSE seem to have been caught out by winter this time out. Maybe they weren't sure it was going to happen in 2016 as it was a leap year?

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