Private hospitals can’t help with A&E crisis

Senior executives in a number of private hospitals said the call to help had come too late

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
31st January, 2016
Bon Secours hospital

Private hospitals have limited capacity to help alleviate emergency department overcrowding in public hospitals.

Senior executives in a number of private hospitals said the call to help had come too late.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar discussed with Cabinet colleagues last week the possibility of contracting beds from the private sector to help deal with the crisis in emergency departments.

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