You can use your existing Medical Independent, MediLearning or PharmacistCPD account to log in. is Ireland's only investigative medical news website for doctors, healthcare professionals and anyone with an interest in health issues.

Established in 2010, along with its sister publication The Medical Independent, our stated aim is to investigate and analyse the major issues affecting healthcare and the medical profession in Ireland. The Medical Independent has won a number of awards for its investigative journalism, and its stories are frequently picked up by national digital, broadcast and print media. The Medical Independent is published by GreenCross Publishing.

Address: Top Floor, 111 Rathmines Road Lr, Dublin 6

Tel: 353 (01) 441 0024

GreenCross Publishing is owned by Graham Cooke.

The benefits of registering: only registered users:
  • receive the ecCopy two days prior to the printed edition.
  • have automatic access to our free CPD sites.
  • can partake in our online MCQs.
  • can enter our online sports quiz.

Sign up now for ease of access to The Medical Independent, Ireland’s most frequently published medical newspaper, delivering award-winning news and investigative reporting.

Download the new Mindo app for both IOS & Android.

  • Get notified when a story goes live
  • Access Premium Content
  • Read Offline

You are reading 1 of 2 free-access articles allowed for 30 days

CUH’s acute medical assessment unit becoming ‘standard ward’ — claim

By Mindo - 13th Mar 2019 | 4 views

A stand-off between management and staff at Cork University Hospital (CUH) has ended after agreement was reached regarding beds moved into the acute medical assessment unit (AMAU).

However, sources who spoke to the Medical Independent (MI) said the resolution has still resulted in the unit becoming “less of an AMAU”.

The disagreement began after management transferred permanent beds into the unit, a move that consultants argued resulted in the effective closure of the unit by turning it into a standard ward.

The row lasted for a week as staff and management remained in dispute regarding the matter.

An agreement was finally reached stating that only six permanent beds would be put in place.

However, sources told MI that despite the agreement, the measure had resulted in the unit becoming “less of an AMAU” and more of a “standard ward” because of the introduction of permanent beds.

A hospital spokesperson said there was “no basis for the assertion that the AMAU has been converted into a standard ward”. They said the unit “continues to function as an AMAU”.

The spokesperson confirmed that six beds had been “put into the AMAU to replace trollies to improve patient comfort”.

“There is no basis to the assertion of a stand-off between management and staff,” they added.

The unit, which operates 24/7, opened in 2011 at a cost of €1.4 million. It provides for the acute treatment, observation and investigation of patients where the estimated length-of-stay is less than 48 hours.

Acutely ill medical patients referred to the unit are meant to be seen by a consultant within one hour of arrival and have urgent access to diagnostics.

The unit was introduced on the basis of ensuring that acutely ill patients were seen quickly and treated appropriately outside of the emerge

Leave a Reply

Latest Issue
The Medical Independent – 24 June 2021

You need to be logged in to access this content. Please login or sign up using the links below.

Most Read