Tuesday October 20, 2020

HSE must stop using private hospitals to solve problems in public system, say consultants

IHCA president says HSE should build up its own capacity because of backlog already within private hospital system

Daniel Murray

Business Reporter

@danieltmurray
20th September, 2020
Alan Irvine, a consultant dermatologist at Children’s Health Ireland in Crumlin: ‘I want us to create capacity in a way that we don’t have to outsource public work to independent hospitals.’ Picture: Bryan Meade

The HSE needs to build up appropriate capacity in the health system and stop using private hospitals to solve problems in the public sector, the new president of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has said.

Speaking to the Business Post, Alan Irvine, a consultant dermatologist at Children’s Health Ireland in Crumlin, also said that the ability of private hospitals to absorb the overflowing demand in the public sector may not be as great as...

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