HSE chief expects little disruption to health services despite increasing covid numbers

Despite the announcement yesterday that only a small amount of elective surgeries were going to proceed across the Saolta Hospital Group, (which includes Sligo and Letterkenny University hospitals) the HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer has said today that there are no immediate plans to cancel further health services despite a rise in COVID-19 cases.


Cases have been over 3,000 for the last three days.


The Tanaiste warned this morning that the daily covid case numbers are expected to surpass 4,000 in the coming days.



Dr Colm Henry says the vaccine rollout means the situation’s now vastly different to what it was in January, when Ireland hit the peak of the third wave.


He says other services were cancelled then as they needed to redeploy staff, but as things stand those services are still operating: