Co-location needs a shot in the arm

The controversial hospital co-location plans have moved on little in the four years since they were announced, but it seems the project is still alive, if not quite kicking, writes Susan Mitchell

29th August, 2009

It was in 2005 that health minister Mary Harney announced her controversial hospital co-location plan - but not a sod has been turned since. With the economy in tatters and the banks going through a bailout of epic proportions, some have questioned whether the co-located hospitals will ever see the light of day.

Under Harney’s plan, more than a thousand beds in public hospitals were to be freed by moving privatelyinsured patients to new private hospitals...

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