OVERCROWDING A surge in hospitalisations has contributed to the worst overcrowding seen since the pandemic began in March 2020. Figures released yesterday (Monday) showed Mayo University Hospital was the fourth worst in the country, with 26 patients on trollies.
Councillor castigates Government as MUH buckles under strain
Confusing messages from the Government are contributing to fully-vaccinated people ending up in Mayo University Hospital with the Covid virus, according to Castlebar councillor Michael Kilcoyne.
The Independent politician told The Mayo News, yesterday (Monday) that a number of his constituents with underlying health conditions are now suffering from the Delta variant, despite thinking they were protected from it.
“It’s a huge shock to them and their families, but to tell you the truth I’m not surprised,” he said.
“People are utterly confused by the changes in restrictions and regulations, and the safety of the public seems to have gone out the window.
“They’re told it’s safe to have 50 people in a gathering outside, and then they’re told it’s okay to have 200. When you see the Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar, immersed in utter confusion over the whole thing it doesn’t give the rest of us much comfort,” Cllr Kilcoyne continued.
“This has had a huge impact locally and people are fed up with the way things are being handled. It’s hard to keep doing the right thing when there’s so much confusion around it. This has led to a number of vulnerable people ending up in hospital with the virus despite being fully vaccinated, which is very worrying.
“We have to reinforce the need for hand washing, mask wearing and social distancing, no matter what we’re seeing on the news.”
This surge in hospitalisations has contributed to the worst overcrowding seen since the pandemic began in March 2020. Figures released yesterday (Monday) showed Mayo University Hospital was the fourth worst in the country, with 26 patients on trollies.
This shocking number prompted Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha to say, “Our health service is rapidly swinging from a Covid crisis back into an overcrowding crisis. The HSE said at the start of the pandemic that overcrowding would not be tolerated, but it has been on the rise consistently in recent months.
“Our members cannot withstand the pressures of overcrowding twinned with the pressure of another wave of Covid. If we continue along the current trajectory, patients and staff will find themselves in a dire situation,” Ms Ní Sheaghdha added.
Vaccination uptake strong
Meanwhile the number of people availing of the walk-in vaccination service in Breaffy has been lauded by the HSE.
Frank Harburn, Saolta General Manager for the rollout of the vaccination programme in the West and North West, said: “We estimate that just over 1,200 people were vaccinated at the walk-in clinics in our region this weekend, based on provisional data. In Mayo, around 290 people attended the walk-in clinics in Breaffy House Resort.
“Online registration is now open for anyone aged 16 and over to get their vaccine by going to www.hse.ie.
“I would encourage anyone who hasn’t yet received their vaccine, to do so as soon as possible to have the best protection against Covid-19, including against the Delta variant. At the moment we are able to offer a vaccination appointment within a number of days of registration,” Mr Harburn concluded.
The HSE aims to open online registration for 12 to 15 year olds later this week.