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Around the Web – Patients could die if Irish agency staff ban goes ahead

24 September 2012

The Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland has been warned that patients could die if the HSE goes ahead with its plans to ban overtime and agency work at hospitals, the Irish Times writes today.

This follows a letter by a senior consultant working at a hospital in Drogheda, north of Dublin, who warned that critically ill patients are particularly put at risk.

He said that morbidity and mortality of critically ill patients are likely to increase while patients in need of surgery could also be heavily affected if plans go ahead.

The letter is addressed to HSE regional director of operations, Stephen Mulvany, after a recent announcement which outlined plans to cut overtime pay and agency staff in the Louth-Meath Hospital Group.

In a statement, the HSE said that the letter would be considered. Read the whole article here

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