Tony O’Brien: Let’s solve the private problem quickly and equitably

We can fix this issue, and seize the rare opportunity to use private hospitals to reduce waiting lists

26th April, 2020
Tony O’Brien: Let’s solve the private problem quickly and equitably
This week has seen criticism of the deal on two counts: that hospitals have not been fully used and the estimated cost of the deal

Before the first Covid-19 death in Ireland, the state had two critical objectives when it began the process of leasing private hospitals. The first was to secure significant surge capacity beyond what could be provided by the public hospital system. The second was to ensure that surge capacity would not be needed by “flattening the curve”.

This was a very big ask. When Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the closure of schools and the...

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