Covid-19 Ireland: ICU bed capacity to increase by end of 2022, Taoiseach says

According to Taoiseach Micheal Martin, the number of ICU beds in the country will increase.

The Taoiseach said today at Leinster House that by the end of 2022 the total number of ICU beds in the country will increase from about 301 to 340.

The company had previously committed to achieving 330 beds in the intensive care unit by the end of 2021.

The shortage of intensive care beds across the country has been highlighted due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

In 2019, Ireland had one of the lowest ICU bed rates of any OECD country, at just 5.2 beds per 1000 people, compared to the OECD average of 14.1.

The government had funded a total of 321 intensive care beds by the end of this year, but due to “recruitment challenges” the final number will be around 301.

As of this morning, 130 people have been treated for Covid-19 in the intensive care unit after four people were discharged but another 10 were admitted.

Another 39 people were hospitalized with Covid-19, 74 were discharged. A total of 638 people are currently being treated with Covid-19 in the hospital.

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