John Kierans column: If we want to live with Covid we need more hospital beds, no excuses

John Kierans column: If we want to live with Covid we need more hospital beds, no excuses

No wonder Micheal Martin is getting twitchy. No wonder the so-called Health Minister Stephen Donnelly is hardly ever seen or heard.

We have been conned and we have been misled.

This current Covid wave is not a Covid death crisis, but an Irish hospital bed capacity crisis. They deliberately have not told you that. They don’t want to, because they know you will go ballistic.

For almost 20 months, both the Government and the HSE knew they had to increase the number of both hospital and ICU beds to deal with this pandemic and they absolutely failed to do so.

We currently have 300 ICU beds for a population of 5 million people, which is totally inadequate.

At the beginning of last year it was 230 – so they increased it by just 70.

Anyone with half a brain knows if you want to open up society back to what it was and run a properly functioning health service parallel with the virus, you need more beds. Try telling that to the civil servants and politicians who run this country.

This is why they’d rather you suffer than invest.

That’s why now, with the numbers rocketing as a result of socialising and people having returned to the workplace – even if it was only for a couple of weeks – the Coalition is panicking.

The fact is, vaccines are working and very few people are dying from Covid.

Cropped image of nurse injecting Covid-19 Vaccine to a patient. Female healthcare worker is working at hospital. She is holding syringe.

Last week, 43 people sadly died from the disease. Covid deaths currently account for 8.3 per cent of all weekly deaths in the Republic while the figure in the UK is slightly less at 8pc.

Believe it or not, we also have one of the lowest Covid death rates in Europe, with 1.2 per 1 million of the population dying from the disease every day and it is hardly ever mentioned .

But you wouldn’t expect anything else when 93 per cent of the population over 12 years of age are vaccinated.

Death rates across the EU are now an astonishing 51 per cent lower than they were this time last year.

Last January, we had 1789 people in hospital with Covid and 193 in ICU with 516 beds and 34 ICU beds available. Last week, there were over 600 in hospital and 120 in ICU.

But there were very few beds available.

There is currently a 70 per cent less occupancy rate with Covid patients compared to then because the health service is full to the brim trying to treat patients with other illnesses and in for operations.

Because the Government failed to see what was coming, and failed to invest, our hospitals can’t cope with their normal day to day functioning alongside a Covid wave.

So this is not your fault. It is the fault of the clowns who run Ireland.

Remember if they bring in more restrictions or go to a dreaded Christmas lockdown and you are forced to sacrifice your normal way of life, it is because Martin and Co failed us all.

More people are now dying of cancer, heart disease, strokes, the flu than Covid.

So can the head of the HSE Paul Reid now stand up and tell us why our hospitals didn’t get the extra beds they need to cope?

The Government will try to spin it that they need restrictions to save lives.

The truth is they may need restrictions because they failed horribly to do their bloody jobs and are totally incompendent.

The people have sacrificed enough and never ever want to go back to lockdowns. They left deep damaging scars on many people both mentally and financially.

If we want to live with Covid we need more hospital beds, end of, no excuses.

Both Micheal Marti

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