Full Capacity Protocol deployed at Letterkenny Hospital over 100 times last year- Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn
Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has revealed that the full capacity protocol at Letterkenny University Hospital was deployed over 100 times last year.
In response to a parliamentary question, management at the hospital confirmed that by late December, they had recorded 103 occasions when the protocol was initiated.
Senator Mac Lochlainn said:
“These figures are a damning indictment of this Government. The full capacity protocol is supposed to be deployed or initiated as a last resort. The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) have repeatedly conveyed their strong opposition to the use of the protocol. They have real concerns that the full capacity protocol can increase overcrowding in wards and with this, the risk of infections.
There is also the reality that operations and procedures for people on hospital waiting lists are being further delayed. You are robbing Peter to pay Paul.