Healthcare Industry Update – 15th December 2021

Healthcare Industry Update – 15th December 2021

The importance of our worldwide healthcare sector has been magnified in recent years as we continue the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the sector also faces mounting pressures to address labour shortages while navigating an ever-changing healthcare situation. This exponential growth in healthcare activity has seen the demand for healthcare workers rise dramatically on a global scale.

Our previous healthcare industry update talked about how individual behaviour and adherence to public health guidelines will help to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus, 200 extra ICU beds are needed in Ireland to meet EU standards as cases continue to rise in the republic, and Irish healthcare workers have welcomed findings from a recent study outlining that mask-wearing and physical distancing can reduce the risk of transmission.

Here are the latest Healthcare Industry updates:

  • Public hesitancy to receive the Covid-19 vaccine has fallen dramatically over the past 12 months with only 5% of the public refusing to get vaccinated compared to 17% of people this time last year.
  • Taoiseach, Micheál Martin has defended comments he made about people not turning up for their booster jab appointments as Ireland continued its battle against the Covid-19 virus.
  • Leading health officials in Ireland have reported that over 1 million doses of the booster vaccine have been administered with the country already witnessing “early benefits”.
  • The Covid-19 pandemic is having long-lasting mental effects on the Irish population as 30% of the public have reported worsening mental health as restrictions continue.
  • A coalition of doctors in the Republic of Ireland have joined forces in a combined call for universal healthcare to be available to all those in need of a “fundamental right”.

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