Monday September 21, 2020

State won’t co-opt all private hospitals in event of second wave

A more nuanced approach will see hospitals being approached individually to ease HSE waiting list backlog and deal with any future surge of Covid-19

Daniel Murray

Business Reporter

6th September, 2020
Paul Reid, chief executive of the HSE, said there had been a positive response to the tender Picture: Ferghal Phillips

There will be no centralised private hospital deal to succeed the previous emergency one struck at the height of the pandemic, the Business Post has learned.

In anticipation of a major surge in Covid-19 hospitalisations, the state took over private hospitals at the end of March at a cost of €115 million a month. The deal finished at the end of June and a transition arrangement was made, at a budget of €25 million, for...

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