- Nov 27, 2018
That's not what it says to me. Ireland lacked hospital beds before any pandemic. Here is the relevant quote from that article: (ICU beds are 12 per 100,000 on average, not per 1,000 as stated.)Mmmm .... this headline says to me that no matter how bad a virus or pandemic gets a health system should be able to handle it. I disagree, no system is open ended to that extent. At some point no amount of money or resources could help a system if a huge amount of a population becomes unwell. Nor could you predict in to the future a pandemic or its actual size.
"The average number of hospital beds in the OECD area stands at 3.7 per 1,000; in Ireland it’s 2.8 per 1,000; ICU beds are 12 per 1,000 on average, while in Ireland it’s 5 beds per 100,000.
We have around 300 ICU beds – we should have 579."