The general secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), Phil Ní Sheaghdha has said the HSE needs to change its mentality and the way it operates.
“It needs to act a lot faster” she told RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland.
Ms Ní Sheaghdha was responding to a question about pay for student nurses working during the coronavirus crisis.
"It was not sufficient to say that student nurses will get paid, the INMO needed to see the details to ensure that they are paid the correct rates."
She also called on the HSE have a plan in place to distribute PPE (personal protective equipment) to frontline medical staff once it arrives from China.
"Any equipment must be immediately diverted to where it is most needed," she said.
"Because of the danger of cross contamination health care workers in intensive care units and those taking sample swabs must be a priority for PPE.
“We need the HSE to prioritise them until we get sufficient stocks.”
- The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read it here
- Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should isolate themselves from other people - this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone; phone their GP, or emergency department;
- GPs Out of Hours services are not in a position to order testing for patients with normal cold and flu-like symptoms. HSELive is an information line and similarly not in a position to order testing for members of the public. The public is asked to reserve 112/999 for medical emergencies at all times.
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