Health system remains under 'significant pressure'

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University Hospital Kerry has cancelled all elective surgeries for this week as it deals with a high level of patients presenting with flu

Ireland's health system remains under "very significant pressure", according to the Health Service Executive's National Director of Acute Operations.

The Health Service Executive TrolleyGar figures put the scale of overcrowding at a lower figure of 563 patients. In a statement, UHK said it will review the decision on Thursday with regards to next week's elective surgeries and all patients impacted will be given an appointment as soon as possible. Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr Woods said he believes the flu season peaked in weeks 51 and 52, which will be felt in hospitals in the coming two to three weeks.

He said planning was in place as far back as July, and that the HSE has been investing in community services in order to keep people at home if they have the flu. Dr Laura Durcan, who is also a Consultant Rheumatologist at Beaumont Hospital, said that with the amount of money spent on healthcare, the system should be far better.


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And the uptake of the flu vaccine was ?

My, father is in hospital at, the moment. This may seem trivial but, they heat there is, out of control. He is in a, ward, with 5 other men. Ward boiling and, every window open. Total, waste of money right there.

They need nurses badly!!!

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