A&E loses on-call cover
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