The HSE has confirmed that the Emergency Department (ED) at the Mullingar General Hospital was not closed at any time on Monday July 11. However, it had stopped receiving ambulances. This service has resumed (Monday evening, July 11).
“Walk in patients were not affected and were received at the hospital throughout the day,” said a spokesperson for the HSE.
With regard go ongoing concerns regarding junior doctor shortages, the HSE has confirmed that there is a total national shortage of approximately 150 junior doctors. This number is far less that previously intimated number of 400.
“This number of vacancies will continue to reduce over the coming days and weeks as doctors from India and Pakistan, following a major international recruitment drive, arrive in Ireland. More than 200 of these doctors are currently going through visa and registration with the Medical Council and will take up posts once these arrangements are in place, “ said the HSE.
The HSE does not anticipate any significant impact on patient services at the Midland Regional Hospital at Mullingar.
“The hospital has been putting contingency plans in place since earlier this year to deal with any issues arising from vacancies. We are not anticipating any significant impact on patient services at the hospital,” they said.