Healthcare Industry Update – 19th January 2022

Healthcare Industry Update – 19th January 2022

The importance of our worldwide healthcare sector has been magnified in recent years as we continue the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the sector also faces mounting pressures to address labour shortages while navigating an ever-changing healthcare situation. This exponential growth in healthcare activity has seen the demand for healthcare workers rise dramatically on a global scale.

Our previous healthcare industry update discussed how Irish citizens are set to receive greater and faster access to 35 new medicines for a range of medical conditions, Paxlovid, a possibly game-changing drug in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic is set to arrive on Irish shores in a matter of weeks, and the HSE lead for contact tracing warns that more severe pandemics are on the horizon if we do not change our lifestyle habits.

Here are the latest Healthcare Industry updates:

  • HSE Chief Executive, Paul Reid says there is a continual strain being put on the Irish healthcare system that must be addressed as over 1000 people are now in hospital with Covid-19 across Ireland.
  • Mandatory vaccination should be discussed according to leading immunovirology expert, Liam Fanning as Taoiseach Michàel Martin rules out mandatory vaccination in the Republic.
  • Ireland’s health system is in crisis as 14,000 healthcare staff are currently absent based on current government guidelines as hospitals and care facilities continue to struggle with staff shortages.
  • Ireland has now reported over 1 million cases of Covid-19 in the country since the pandemic began almost 2 years ago.
  • The Irish state’s public health team NPHET has called for the use of higher-grade FFP3 masks to be used by the population at higher risk of suffering from Covid-19.

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