Dáil committee heard HSE initially feared 40,000 could die from Covid-19

NS SELECT initially feared up to 40,000 people Ireland He told Dáil that he could die from Covid-19 and need up to 4,500 ventilators. Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

In a briefing note to the committee, HSE said early modeling estimates for intensive care unit and ventilator requirements were “ultimately overstated in the context of successful implementation of government public health measures.”

The committee will hold a hearing on Thursday on procurement and other spending by the HSE during the pandemic.

Last month, an internal audit report revealed that healthcare had prepaid €81 million for 2,194 ventilators from 10 different previously unknown suppliers. He said only 465 were delivered. Chinese and none had entered clinical use in Ireland.

HSE told PAC that its procurement team was tasked with supplying at least 1,900 ventilators in a matter of weeks in late March and early April last year.

“At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the extent of transmission, morbidity and mortality was unknown. Early modeling for Ireland showed that the death level could potentially be in the order of 40,000 deaths and the ventilation requirement potentially of the order of 0.9 per 1,000 population, which equates to something of the order of 4,500 ventilators.

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