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Varadkar signs escalation order
27 Nov 2015 19:07
Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has signed an escalation order to help deal with emergency department overcrowding.
It removes the discretion of hospitals to invoke their escalation plan, if they breach certain overcrowding levels.
It means that if a hospital has patients waiting over nine hours on a trolley, or they breach other limits three times in a day, they must take certain measures.
They must initiate extra ward rounds to facilitate discharges and liaise closely with the ambulance service.

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