A JUNIOR hospital doctor was found, by a nurse, unconscious after collapsing in an operating theatre of Waterford Regional Hospital (WRH) in the past week having worked 60-hours straight without a break.
Within two days of being treated in the hospital’s Emergency Department the non-Irish doctor was back on the wards attending patients.
Dr. Patrick Kelly a GP trainee at WRH related the story last night as non-consultant hospital doctors/junior doctors prepared to embark on a one day strike to reduce working hours and to change the current system of working which is driving people to exhaustion and newly qualified doctors to emigrate.
As he prepared to join the picket line Dr. Kelly said that 53 GP trainee doctors were currently based at WRH and approximately 180 interns – all of whom were working hours that compromised patient safety. The HSE and the Minister for Health must, he said, be held accountable for the present working conditions and they must implement the Working Time Directive which was long promised but which had only received lip service.
The HSE, which despite numerous calls to its emergency out of hours media department, could not be reached for comment on the claims of the doctor’s collapse at WRH. Earlier yesterday,(Monday), a statement from the HSE said that emergency departments, cancer care and dialysis services will not be affected if Irish Medical Organisation non consultant hospital doctors/junior doctors embark on a one-day strike.
For full story see this week’s Waterford News & Star, in the shops every Tuesday.