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Bed crisis

Carlos Atwell

Bed crisis

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THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL (QEH) is facing its own “mass casualty” crisis, with dozens of patients who should have gone home taking up badly needed bed space.
Chief executive officer Dr Dexter James and other key QEH personnel spoke of the problem during a Press conference yesterday.
They said more than 50 people were staying on at the QEH even though fit for discharge; their families had abandoned them and there was nowhere the hospital could send them.
This not only increased their risk of contracting hospital infections such as bed sores but put pressure on the institution to deliver services, the QEH team pointed out.
It made a public appeal for assistance from social organizations, district hospitals and family members to help the QEH solve the problem.