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’No moves’ on delegated discharges

25 Sep 2015

The HSE has “failed to progress and implement” delegated hospital discharges at weekends, though consultants responded positively to the initiative, the IMO has said.

That there were not a sufficient number of consultants in the public system to allow for an ongoing 24/7 consultant-delivered service added to the problems created by insufficient capacity to support 24/7 rosters including beds, theatre time and diagnostic services, the IMO said.

The Acute Medicine Programme was established to prove an alternative pathway for patients allowing their GP to directly refer patients to the AMU. Lack of capacity and funding in the acute hospital system meant AMUs now served as an extension to the ED, the IMO said.

Dr Peadar Gilligan, IMO Consultant Committee Chair, said: “Adequate planned resources and more consultant staff will go a long way to solving the crisis but this Government continues to pursue policies that … allow our public health services to fall apart under the burden of increased demand and reduced resources.”

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