Healthcare service would be in ‘serious trouble’ without disrespect to employees, says HSE

The Health Services Executive (HSE) chief clinical officer has said the healthcare system will be in “serious distress” for asymptomatic, vaccinated workers who are close contacts to return to work, said the positivity in the community. Rate stands. at 60 percent.

The scale of the disruption being experienced by healthcare was “unprecedented” and HSE is trying to protect its services, Dr Colm Henry told Newstalk Breakfast on Friday.

Under the abusive measures, health workers essential to critical services, who are identified as close contacts, can return to work with approval from management if they are asymptomatic and have received a booster vaccine within three months. Or have recovered from Kovid infection.

Asymptomatic workers who have been fully vaccinated but have not received a booster may, in exceptional circumstances, return with approval from the Office of the National Director of Acute Operations or the Office of the National Director of Community Operations.

Dr Henry said the situation was “very difficult” from an HSE perspective, with a 60 per cent community positivity rate and the fact that 25 per cent of Covid cases in 2021 were between Christmas and New Year’s.

Chief Operating Officer Anne O’Connor told RT Radio’s Morning Ireland that the staff could not be redeployed to other areas, but efforts were being made to send them where they were needed most.