Healthcare Industry Update – 1st December 2021

Healthcare Industry Update – 1st December 2021

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 talked about how healthcare workers are amongst the most likely professions to suffer from ‘burnout’ as excessive workloads with the majority experiencing symptoms, a leading professor has called on Ireland to begin rolling out the Covid booster vaccine to the over 40 age group to reduce transmission, and the pandemic cannot be continuously used as an excuse for the Irish healthcare system according to Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly.

Here are the latest Healthcare Industry updates:

  • Changes to individual behaviour and adherence to the latest public health guidelines are the best way to reduce transmissions within our communities according to CMO, Dr. Tony Holohan.
  • HSE officials state that up to 50% of booster jab appointments are not being kept with plans to administer 200,000 doses of the booster vaccine per week rising to 250,000 over a period of time.
  • With cases of Covid-19 in the Republic on the rise, Ireland needs up to 200 extra ICU beds to treat patients and match the EU average according to ICU consultant, Dr. Andrew Westbrook.
  • Irish healthcare workers have welcomed findings from a recent survey highlighting how mask-wearing and social distancing can reduce the risk of transmission by 53% and 25% respectively.
  • The Irish healthcare system is under severe strain according to HSE Chief Executive, Paul Reid as up to 4,400 workers are absent due to becoming symptomatic close contacts of the disease.

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