Irish Medical Organisation

IMO calls for urgent meeting with HSE to plan for cases of Ebola virus

10 October 2014. The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has called on the HSE to meet as a matter of urgency so as to consult with those who will have to deliver measures and services in regard to any potential cases of the Ebola virus. The IMO says the HSE must consult with those who will be on the front line in dealing with members of the public who may present with symptoms.

An IMO spokesman said:

All doctors want to do their very best to effectively manage those patients who are presenting with symptoms but it is not good enough to simply issue guidelines in the current situation. Doctors across the services, GPs, Public Health Doctors and Hospital Doctors have received guidelines, however we do have concerns that such guidelines assume a fully operating and functional service all around the country and this is simply not the case.

We do not wish to be in any way to be alarmist about this situation but we must recognise that doctors need to have the resources and structures to deal with any circumstances that may arise. Fortunately there are no cases of Ebola in Ireland but we must use this time to ensure all the systems are in place and that doctors and other healthcare professionals are supported.


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