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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Staff exodus is a disaster for patients

THE exodus of staff from the health service on early retirement will have major repercussions for public patients.

Health Minister James Reilly has finally said what everybody on the ground knew -- that there will have to be a slow down on non-emergency in-patient procedures.

He claims that it will only be for a short period of time. But what seems more likely is that the health service could spend years playing catch-up, as a result of the loss of thousands of health staff from across the spectrum of grades.

All this spells bad news for public patients waiting for a variety of surgeries.

The idea, for instance, that women awaiting scheduled mastectomies could be left waiting even a day longer is truly horrifying.

Let us hope that there are contingency plans in place that will alleviate at least some of the disruption.

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