You can use your existing Medical Independent, MediLearning or PharmacistCPD account to log in.


Medicalindependent.ie 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
 
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-public"]
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-mobile-public"]

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

Increase in demand for emergency service subject to ‘significant non- demographic influence’

By Dermot - 23rd May 2019 | 4 views

The growth in demand for unscheduled care (USC) in Irish hospitals exceeds demand forecast by population growth and changing age structure, according to a new Irish report. The report, which is titled A Special Analysis of Recent Trends in Demand for Unscheduled Care, was conducted by the HSE’s Health Intelligence Unit, following a request from the Special Delivery Unit and Acute Hospitals Division for an analysis of demand for emergency services in the context of winter planning for the 2018/2019 period.

According to the report, which was obtained by the Medical Independent through Freedom of Information law, the absolute annual growth in demand for emergency department (ED) presentations was 4.6 per cent, which is in excess of the OECD average.

However, the authors note this is “not out of step with relative comparators” since annual growth of 5-10 per cent has been observed in Germany, Belgium, UK and New Zealand.

The authors note that a  “key feature of the growth in demand for USC observed across the period is that it exceeds demand forecast by population growth and changing age structure”.

This is consistent with the findings that self-referral has increased relative to other referral sources across the study period, according to the report. “While demographic ageing is a key concern for USC planning, the peak in age-specific utilisation of ED and high non-demographic pressure among older adolescents and younger adults would benefit from further study since this subgroup are heavy users of ED in absolute terms, and it is likely that some of this demand is amenable to intervention” the report concludes.

This analysis examined data from January to August 2018 and compared trends with the same period in 2016.

Hospitals included in the study were: Beaumont Hospital, Dublin; Cork University Hospital; University Hospital Galway; University Hospital Limerick; Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin;  Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda; St James’s Hospital, Dublin; Tallaght University Hospital; and St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin.

Leave a Reply

[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-public-2"]
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-mobile-public-2"]
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.

[the_ad_placement id="main-mpu-public"]
Most Read
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-public-2"]
[the_ad_placement id="main-ldb-mobile-public-2"]