Consultants have warned of chaos in the country’s emergency departments (EDs) from next month, claiming that only five departments around the country will have a full complement of medical staff from July 11.
They have warned that the shortage will lead to restrictions in emergency department opening hours and say there will be clinical risks to patients.
The Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM) said a survey it has just carried out reveals that there will be 25% fewer junior doctors than needed in A&Es from July 11, which is the normal changeover date when juniors take up new posts as part of their rotational training schemes.
The IAEM says even more alarming is a one-in-three shortfall in experienced middle grade doctors who contribute essential senior decision-making support on a 24/7 basis in hospital emergency care.
“This will lead to either a curtailment Continue reading