Privacy issues at one mental health facility were deemed to be at a critical level by the Mental Health Commission, which noted that due to overcapacity, one patient was not seen by a doctor because the patient had no bed.
The Department of Health says it is working closely with the HSE to ensure the most effective response to the “winter challenges” after it was claimed the country’s already-stretched hospitals face another chaotic winter.
The Government is set to radically reform the way hospital wards are staffed and structured after a new pilot project found simple changes can reduce deaths, improve patient outcomes, and save the State millions of euro a year.
Pathology staff were unable to determine why a man died just hours after a routine bronchoscopy at a Dublin hospital. Patrick Dennison (57) from Artane in Dublin 5 collapsed and died on August 22 2016.