A&E loses on-call cover

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT -

A SE­NIOR con­sul­tant said he couldn’t be on call this week­end at a large Dublin hos­pi­tal due to un­safe con­di­tions, say­ing a pa­tient re­cently had a heart at­tack in the toi­lets while wait­ing to be seen.

This leaves the Emer­gency Depart­ment at Tal­laght hos­pi­tal with­out an on-call se­nior con­sul­tant.

Emer­gency con­sul­tant Dr James Gray – who with­drew his on-call sup­port on Fri­day evening – said over­crowd­ing made the depart­ment un­safe. He said: ‘The hos­pi­tal had am­ple warn­ing [from Wed­nes­day] around this. There is noth­ing in my con­tract that com­pels me to pro­vide sup­port for a ser­vice that is un­safe.’

A hos­pi­tal spokesman said ‘con­tin­gent’ ar­range­ments were in place and the depart­ment re­mains open and is ‘op­er­at­ing as nor­mal’.

wArn­Ings: Dr James Gray with­drew sup­port

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