A general practitioner living in Dublin has accused the HSE of failing to acknowledge the alleged death of a healthcare worker due to the coronavirus outbreak in Ireland.
Dr. Valerie Morris asked CEO of the HSE Paul Reid on Twitter why the health service had not joined other countries in reporting the deaths of healthcare professionals (HCPs) from Covid-19, including at least one death she alleges to have occurred here.
The increasing number of HCPs infected by COVID19 is due to the lack of proper and adequate PPE. Every country has acknowledged the deaths of their HCPs EXCEPT Ireland.
This is not acceptable. https://t.co/GuksY68vL1
— Dr. Valerie Morris (@DrValerieMorris) March 24, 2020
Gript has asked the Department of Health to confirm whether the death of a HCP occured, but has not received any response at time of publication.
The issue will at least raise significant questions about the HSE’s provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) and training to Irish nurses and doctors as the number of confirmed cases rises.
As of yesterday, at least 247 Irish healthcare professionals had been infected with Covid-19. The Republic of Ireland now has a total of 1,329 cases, with seven deaths recorded.
Tech entrepreneur Paddy Cosgrave, who retweeted the doctor’s allegation, also added his weight to calls for more PPE to be supplied to Irish healthcare workers.
My former girlfriend & housemate is an intensive care specialist in Dublin
Please be honest. We need all hands on deck to find PPE
— Paddy Cosgrave (@paddycosgrave) March 24, 2020