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Coronavirus Ireland: Race to set up 'virus hubs' to stop implosion of GP services

Fears patients are not going to doctor for other illnesses

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Prof Martin Cormican, National Lead for Infection Control and Antimicrobial Resistance, HSE, displaying some of the PPE equipment sourced from China, at the HSE briefing in Dublin in relation to dealing with the Covid-19 Virus. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Prof Martin Cormican, National Lead for Infection Control and Antimicrobial Resistance, HSE, displaying some of the PPE equipment sourced from China, at the HSE briefing in Dublin in relation to dealing with the Covid-19 Virus. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

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Prof Martin Cormican, National Lead for Infection Control and Antimicrobial Resistance, HSE, displaying some of the PPE equipment sourced from China, at the HSE briefing in Dublin in relation to dealing with the Covid-19 Virus. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

A race is on to sign up GPs to staff new coronavirus assessment hubs amid fears that care provided by family doctors will "implode" as they and their staff fall sick.

The new clinical assessment hubs are designed to divert patients suspected of having the virus away from GP surgeries where there is a risk of spreading the infection to the doctors, leading to surgeries having to close. Doctors' organisations have warned there is an "increasing chance that care is likely to implode" if GPs and their staff become sick.

Concerns have also been raised that people are ignoring other illnesses because they are avoiding GPs' surgeries and hospital Emergency Departments in a bid to evade the virus.


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