Fears over Varadkar’s plan for seven hospital groups

As radical plans to develop hospital groups accelerate, voluntary hospitals are concerned about their future independence

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
31st May, 2015
Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health: everything points to an increasing level of centralised control . Picture: Shane O'Neill

Voluntary hospitals have established a new representative body amid major concerns about their future under the government’s plan to restructure the health service.

The newly formed Voluntary Health Foundation (VHF) held its first conference at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) last week.

The VHF is an organisation of 20 leading acute hospitals including the Dublin maternity and children’s hospitals. Their membership includes some of the biggest and best-known hospitals in...

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