Tuesday 25 September 2018

Editorial: Beaumont crisis poses health threat

Beaumont Hospital
Beaumont Hospital

A STATEMENT by consultants that the conditions endured by some patients in the emergency department at Beaumont Hospital amounted to “institutional abuse” is truly shocking.

The claim is made in a letter revealed by the Herald today, written by four Beaumont Hospital consultants last December.

It cites overcrowding, with the sick spending days on a chair, suffering from sleep deprivation, anxiety about their safety, a lack of confidentiality and a loss of dignity.

In some cases patients were reluctant to use the toilet for fear they might lose their seat.

The letter states that such a situation existed daily.

In response, the HSE cited a planned spend of €25m to alleviate the issue – a national outlay.

Has the situation changed since? With 49 people on trolleys at Beaumont’s ED yesterday, we fear not.

A situation like this is a disgrace and a danger to public health. It must be addressed.


Grealish and Irish call-up

WILL we see Jack Grealish in an Ireland jersey?

Alas, we’re no closer to knowing that today than we were yesterday morning when FAI sources were reporting that the 19-year-old Aston Villa player would be selected for the Irish squad.

That did not transpire, to the surprise and disappointment of Irish soccer fans.

It now appears that the youngster will make a decision at a future date on whether to opt for Ireland or England.

Irish manager Martin O’Neill expressed his disappointment at Grealish’s decision yesterday,

but said he thought there was a “good possibility” he might pull on the green jersey in future.

We hope so. But after yesterday’s events, it’s looking that bit less likely.

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